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America’s Most Dangerous Theme Parks Might Make You Rethink Amusement

According to The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions about two billion people will visit amusement parks this year. That’s a lot of thrills, chills, funnel cakes and lemon shake ups.

While most amusement park adventurers have an amazing time, accidents do happen. The number of significant incidents has risen in recent years, and some of those accidents could have been avoided. Here are the top three most dangerous theme parks in the United States.

Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey

This park opened in 1977 and has quite a past when it comes to major incidents. Eight teenagers lost their lives in a fire at the Haunted Castle ride in 1984. In 1987, a teenage girl was thrown from the Lightning Loops roller coaster because she was seated on the wrong side of the shoulder restraint.   Then in 2008, a 17-year-old boy was decapitated by a ride in the park in while trying to recover his lost hat.

Eight teenagers lost their lives in a fire at the Haunted Castle ride in 1984. In 1987, a teenage girl was thrown from the Lightning Loops roller coaster because she was seated on the wrong side of the shoulder restraint. Then in 2008, a 17-year-old boy was decapitated by a ride in the park in while trying to recover his lost hat.

Kings Island, Ohio

Opened in 1972, Kings Island has appeared in the popular sitcoms The Brady Bunch and The Patridge Family and received widespread recognition for its record-breaking attractions and events. It has had its share of negative publicity, however.

In 1991, a man fell into a pond and two people who tried to rescue him died after suffering an electric shock. That same day, a different person fell from a ride and died after hitting the ground.

Two years ago, the park’s newest roller coaster, the Banshee, briefly stopped on a lift hill with riders. Staff still says that it didn’t malfunction, so it’s unknown what caused the ride to stop.

Action Park, New Jersey

This amusement park originally opened to the public in 1978 and has a reputation for poorly designed, unsafe rides. At least six people are known to have died as a result of mishaps on rides at the original park.

It was even given nicknames such as “Traction Park,” “Accident Park,” and “Class Action Park” by doctors at nearby hospitals due to the number of severely injured customers they treated.

The park has been accident free for the past 10 years.