Lake Compounce worker struck, killed by roller coaster 06/13/2001
Associated Press Newswires Copyright 2001. The Associated Press. All
Rights Reserved. BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - A maintenance worker at Lake
Compounce died Wednesday morning after being struck by the park's
"Boulder Dash" roller coaster.
Wilfredo Martinez, 23, of Bristol was the third accident victim at the
Bristol amu***t park since 1999.
The roller coaster was being tested without passengers at about 8:30
a.m. before the park's opening, park officials said. An investigation
is being conducted to determine "what happened and why," park
spokesman Richard Bisi said. The Boulder Dash is the fastest, longest
wooden roller coaster on the East Coast, according to the park. It
extends 4,500 feet and reaches speeds of more than 60 miles an hour.
In July 2000, a 6-year-old boy died at the park's water slide. The
ride reopened with revised safety rules requiring children between 46
inches and 56 inches tall to wear a life jacket while riding the Lake
Plunge slide. Riders on inner tubes plunge down an enclosed slide and
into the park's lake. In August 1999, a 16-year-old ride attendant
died after falling beneath a moving ride.