ORLANDO, Fla. – Moments after a horrific tragedy took place in Orlando, workers of the Orlando Free Fall ride could be heard discussing safety measures after a teen fell to his death late Thursday.
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Witnesses on the scene told deputies that the boy fell from the Orlando Free Fall ride, which stands at 430 feet. It is the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed that a 14-year-old boy was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. It’s not known how the boy fell from the ride. The boy has been identified as Tyre Sampson who was visiting from Missouri.
Montrey Williams told FOX 35 News that they saw something fall and at first, thought it was a piece of the ride.
Authorities said a 14-year-old boy fell off the Orlando Free Fall ride at ICON Park. He later died from his injuries, March 24, 2022.
“We got a little closer and it was a person laying on the ground,” said Williams. “Everyone was just panicking and screaming.”
The ride will remain closed during the investigation.The Orlando Free Fall sits adjacent to the Orlando Slingshot. Both attractions, which opened in December, are owned and operated by the Slingshot Group of Companies, according to the ICON Park website.
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