- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State regulators have outlined steps a western Pennsylvania amusement park must take after a child fell from a wooden roller coaster last summer - and they urge other parks to make similar improvements.

The 3-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling from Rollo Coaster at Westmoreland County’s Idlewild and SoakZone Park in August.

Officials said Idlewild must install manufacturer-approved secondary passenger restraints such as seat belts before the ride can be inspected to determine whether it can reopen. Also required are an engineer inspection, consideration of minimum height requirements and changes in operator training.

Park general manager Brandon Leonatti said the accident occurred because the child “was improperly seated near the entrance without an adult.” He said a new coaster train will include individually adjustable lap bars and secondary seat belts.

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