UPDATE: Mount Olympus removing ride after accident

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 8:08 p.m.

Mount Olympus is permanently removing a ride from the park after an accident last month.

63-year-old Anthony Theisen fell nearly 17 feet from the Opa Roller Coaster onto the concrete floor below.

He suffered numerous fractures and a brain injury. At last update, he was in a coma at UW Hospital.

A statement sent from the owners of the park says they are closing and removing the ride from the park, but will continue their investigation into whether parts supplied by the manufacturer met specifications.

They said no fines were issued, and that their thoughts are with the Theisen family.

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UPDATED Friday, March 28, 2014 --- 11:55 a.m.

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) -- A police report cites a faulty safety bar in an accident on a roller coaster ride at a Wisconsin Dells area indoor resort.

An attorney for the family of 63-year-old Anthony Theisen says he remains in a coma at University Hospital in Madison with numerous fractures and a brain injury.

Lake Delton police say Theisen fell nearly 17 feet from the roller coaster to the concrete floor at Mt. Olympus Theme Park March 6. Theisen's wife, Kay Theisen, was riding in the same coaster cart and told police her husband's lap bar unlocked when they went around a corner and he was thrown into the air.

A police officer who checked the ride said it appeared the locking mechanism on the bar was stripped. A Mt. Olympus maintenance worker told investigators the ride was working properly during test runs that day.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, March 27, 2014 --- 4:11 p.m.

According to Lake Delton Police reports, the lap bar on a ride at the Mt. Olympus Theme Park ride appears to have malfunctioned earlier this month when a man fell from the coaster.

The accident happened the evening of March 6th. Anthony Theisen was injured when he fell more than 16 feet from the Opa “Twister Coaster” ride.

Police talked to Theisen's wife that night. She said her husband's lap bar came unlocked when they went around the corner of the roller coaster track. Her husband was sitting in the front seat.

An officer checked the cart that Theisen fell out of and tried pulling each lap bar. The bar in the seat that Theisen was in came unlocked.

Officers also spoke with the theme park's maintenance person. They reported that earlier in the day maintenance personnel swapped out three of the OPA carts. The carts were tested and replacement parts were installed. Workers tested the carts and ran laps with them before opening the ride. The worker said everything was working properly during the test.

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UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2013 --- 5:03 p.m.

A Wisconsin Dells amusement park is back open after a man fell off a roller coaster last night, but there are still a lot of questions left unanswered.

We still don't know why it happened, or how the guest is doing now, but we do know the 64-year-old man was airlifted to the UW Trauma Center last night.

He was at the Mount Olympus indoor water park, on the Opa! ride around 5:30 p.m. when police say he fell nearly 20 feet off the ride, hitting the ground.

We spoke with the state agency investigating the situation. They say investigators were out on the scene all day today, but wont have a report until sometime next week.

They say the ride's manufacturer is coming in to conduct it's own investigation.

The state says that the ride will be shut down until further notice.

The amusement park is open now, it just reopened around 4 o'clock this afternoon.
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UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 2:21 p.m.

A spokesperson with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce-Safety and Buildings Division says the agency is investigating Thursday evening's incident at Mt. Olympus where a man fell off a roller coaster.

Officials say the victim was airlifted to a Madison hospital. His condition is unknown.

Investigators have been at Mt. Olympus since early Friday morning.

According to Mt. Olympus, the amusement park portion of the resort is back open.

The ride that the man fell off of, which is called Opa, is shut down until further notice.

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UPDATED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 11:55 p.m.

Authorities in Sauk County say a man in his 60's fell about 15-20 ft. off of the Opa roller coaster at the Mt. Olympus indoor theme park.

It happened around 5:39 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say the victim has been airlifted to a Madison hospital where his condition is unknown.

A witness tells NBC 15 that the man was breathing, but unconscious when medical crews arrived. She says the man was severely bleeding and had injuries to both his head and arm.

The witness also tells us that three other people were on the ride with victim at the time, but they were not injured.

NBC15 reached out to Mt. Olympus for comment. The only thing they've told us, so far, is "Our hearts and prayers go out to the victim and his family."

For now the theme park is shut down, but the Mt. Olympus indoor water park remains open.

The incident will be investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Occupational Safety and Health. The Department has been notified and will be on scene later.

Stay tuned to NBC 15 and nbc15.com for updates.


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