ONVIEWS were horrified to see a 12-year-old girl fall more than 100ft to the ground in a harrowing accident at an amusement park.
Teagan Marti’s parents were among the park visitors who witnessed the 12-year-old fall to the ground at Extreme World in Wisconsin.
Riders are lifted onto a platform and then unhooked, allowing the rider to free fall at up to 52mph before hitting a safety net below.
Police said that during Teagan’s fall in 2010, the net was still fully on the ground, so it didn’t stop her fall when she hit the net.
Theme park owner Bill Anderson told ABC News at the time that an “operator error” happened while the young girl was at the peak of the ride.
Charles Carnell, 33, was working at the Terminal Velocity attraction at the time of Teagan’s fall.
Carnell was supposed to open a safety net but didn’t, police officers said.
After the fall, Teagan suffered swelling of her brain and multiple serious fractures of her spine and pelvis.
Some medics didn’t expect her to survive the night.
She also sustained injuries to her liver, spleen and intestines and was put on a ventilator in critical condition.
Carnell was later charged with one count of reckless first-degree injury, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
He told investigators that he was “blanked” and never saw the “all clear” signal before releasing Teagan, media reports at the time.
He pleaded not guilty to reckless second-degree injury in a deal with prosecutors, the Associated Press reported.
The girl’s mother, Julie Marti, told Fox News the only way her daughter could communicate after the fall was through winks.
“I saw them fall. I ran to her,” Julie said at a news conference.
“She was bleeding from her ears, mouth and nose.”
While her daughter was being intubated in the hospital, her mother said: “Every little sign is a miracle for me.
“Squeezing my hand and then squeezing something into her right hand again. We don’t know what their deficits will be.
“We don’t know if she will be paralyzed.”
In 2012, two years after the accident, Teagan was striding through the lobby of American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison using only a walker for support.
After a strenuous physical therapy session, she started walking again and even got involved in sports.
“Cognitively, she’s totally there,” said her mother.
“She’s such a hard worker. … I know she’s only going to get better and better.”
Teagan was later reunited with a service dog in a touching ceremony that was captured on video by Fox 6.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6611100/extreme-world-plunge-teagan-marti-terminal-velocity/ Heartbroken viewers recall the scare after a 12-year-old girl fell more than 100ft from an amusement park ride due to staff error