MONTICELLO — State officials say a 12-year-old girl reported being shocked as she got off an Indiana roller coaster two days after a 12-year-old boy riding it suffered a medical condition and died.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security regulates and inspects rides. The agency reports the girl saw a doctor last week and said she'd been shocked while exiting the Hoosier Hurricane roller coaster at Indiana Beach in Monticello.
The incident comes after 12-year-old Brayden Cooper-Douglas of Lafayette required medical attention while on the ride June 27 and died that afternoon. White County authorities say the boy had a medical emergency not caused by the ride.
Indiana Beach Director of Marketing Boo Birk says the safety of guests is priority.
"The safety of our guests and team members is our first priority," Birk said in a statement. "All our rides are inspected annually by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, third-party engineers and the park maintenance team. All rides are inspected daily as well by park personnel. After the reported incident, the Hoosier Hurricane was thoroughly examined by park maintenance personnel and inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security."
According to an IDHS statement, on June 27 an inspection of the Hoosier Hurricane was requested by Indiana Beach after Cooper-Douglas suffered a medical condition after exiting the ride. White County Sheriff Bill Brooks was advised the death was due to a pre-existing medical condition. Indiana Beach stopped using the ride until the inspection and it was cleared by the IDHS. On Sunday, June 30, IDHS was contacted again after the 12-year-old girl reported to a doctor she was shocked while exiting the ride. A full inspection and six test rides failed to reproduce any electrical effect or hazard.
DHS said this will make the fourth time the agency has inspected the ride since May 1 and that they are closely watching the ride.