Florida – A teen boy tragically died after falling from a ride at Orlando’s ICON Park Thursday night as his parents watched in horror.
14-year-old Tyre Sampson was transported to the hospital after falling out of the Free Fall ride, which is the world’s tallest freestanding tower at 430 feet, Fox 35 Orlando reported.
Tyre Sampson, Facebook photos
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the boy died at the hospital.
It is believed the boy’s harness wasn’t properly secured, however the investigation is still ongoing.
Fox 35 Orlando reported:
A 14-year-old boy tragically fell to his death from a ride at Orlando’s ICON Park on Thursday night. Witnesses shared video exclusively with FOX 35 of the moments right before he fell. The video has been edited due to its graphic nature.
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.
Montrey Williams told FOX 35 News that they saw something fall and at first, thought it was a piece of the ride.
“We got a little closer and it was a person laying on the ground,” said Williams. “Everyone was just panicking and screaming.”
Witnesses say the boys parents were panicking as they watched.
A look at the restraints on the Orlando Free Fall ride. They pull over the rider – similar to a roller coaster (no seat belts). 2 workers do safety checks and make sure restraints are locked. A 14-year-old boy tragically died in the ride last night. @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/UuvjadcCJq
— Ryan Elijah FOX 35 (@ryanelijah) March 25, 2022
A video of the boy falling from the ride was posted to social media, however The Gateway Pundit has decided to post an edited version showing moments leading up to the tragic accident.