- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2002

DENVER (AP) A man fell to his death yesterday after standing up on an attraction at a Six Flags amusement park here, authorities said.
The death came one day after a worker at Six Flags Over Georgia was killed when he wandered into the path of an upside-down roller coaster and was struck by a passenger's dangling legs.
The 24-year-old killed in Denver, whose name was not released, was transported to Denver Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police spokeswoman Virginia Lopez said. The death was being investigated as accidental, she said.
He was killed on a ride called the "Rainbow," in which passengers sit in benchlike seats on a platform that moves up and down in a circular motion.
Park officials said in a news release that the man was part of a group of "mentally challenged individuals." They said witnesses reported that the man unlatched his seat belt and worked his way out of the lap-bar restraint.
Park officials did not immediately return calls for comment.
Officials at Six Flags Over Georgia were not sure how or why the 58-year-old foreman walked into the locked, no-access area on "Batman: The Ride" on Sunday.
Police identified him as Samuel Milton Guyton of Atlanta. He had worked at the park since February.
Six Flags General Manager John Odum said the foreman would not have had any reason to be in the area.
"All no-access areas are clearly marked, and all employees are cautioned not to enter these areas at any time," said park spokeswoman Lisa Bigazzi-Tilt. "It was very bad judgment."
Passengers on the 50 mph roller coaster are strapped into seats that are attached to a track above them. Mr. Guyton was struck in the head by a 14-year-old girl whose legs were dangling from the front car and he died Sunday in a hospital.
The girl was treated for leg injuries at a hospital and released, authorities said.
The Batman ride, which is 109 feet high and has been open since 1997, was shut down Sunday for inspection by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was deemed safe for passengers and reopened yesterday.


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