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Action Park: The Story of the World’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

Action Park: The Story of the World’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

Action Park: The Story of the World’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

In 1978, in Vernon, New Jersey, United States, an amusement park opened its doors that, at the time, was one of the most visited during the American summer. Action Park -or The Park of Accidents, as he ended up being nicknamed- was a new proposal by Gene Mulvihill, an American entrepreneur.

With a number of up to 75 attractions, it was not these that made the place famous but the number of people who were injured when leaving there. Broken noses, bruises, and even six recorded deaths after failing security measures in different games turned fun into tragedy. The first record dates back to July 1980, when a park employee was killed by a blow to the head with a rock when the slide car he was riding derailed.

Then, in 1982, two deaths occurred in the same year and less than a month apart. First, a 15-year-old visitor dead drowned in a pool that had artificial waves of more than a meter; a week later, another 27-year-old died electrocuted at the Kayak Experience, after falling from his boat and making contact with cables that powered underwater fans.

In 1984 there were two other deaths. First, a man died of a heart attack at the attraction called Tarzan Swing -or Tarzan’s swing- which consists of swinging and falling into a lake. However, due to the impact of his body with the freezing temperature of the water, he died on the spot. Months later, a teenager drowned, just as he had in 1982, in the wave pool. Three years later, the same attraction caused a third death in the same conditions.

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Those are the deaths, but hundreds of people have been injured over the years inside various of its attractions. In addition to all this, according to former workers who participated in Class Action ParkHBO documentary, The park also had irregularities regarding the hiring of minors under 18 years of age, the sale of alcohol to minors and little preparation for those who had to take care of people inside the attractions.

Action Park operated between 1978 and 1996 and, surprisingly, it closed not because of its security flaws but because of economic reasons. Now, 26 years later, there’s a new theme park in its place: Mountain Creek Waterpark.

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Source: Elcomercio

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