A mum died after the horrific force from a rollercoaster tore apart her artery and led to severe internal blood loss.
Tragic Dawn Jankovic, 47, sat down on The Voyage at the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, an Indiana amusement park – but when the ride returned just minutes later, she was unconscious, The Kansas Star reports.
“She was fine the entire day,” her son Gunnar Merker, who was sat next to her at the time of the tragedy, told Fox 8.
“She was a loving mum and she loved to do stuff, like going to different places – parks and all that.”
The ride has a top speed of 67 miles per hour and three drops of more than 100 feet.
When The Voyage rollercoaster first opened in 2006, it was one of the longest wooden coasters in the world.
It was operating correctly and an autopsy found the death “had nothing to do with the ride itself”.
Upon finding her lifeless body on the machine, staff performed first aid and Dawn was raced to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Dubois County coroner Katie Schuck said: “It was basically just the force.
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“It was just a reaction her body had from the ride. It had nothing to do with a malfunction or anything, as far as safety and that type of thing.”
She said Dawn’s internal thoracic artery tore, resulting in rapid blood loss.
Schuck’s full autopsy concluded three causes of Dawn’s death: severe internal blood loss, the tearing of an artery, and force from the roller coaster.
The ride was closed out of respect to the family on the day of Dawn’s death but experts confirmed it is fully functional.
A spokesperson for the park, Sabrina Jones, said: “The park’s ride and attractions have delivered hundreds of millions of thrilling experiences through the years.
“Our vigilance in taking care of our guests, as well as our team members can be counted on in everything we do.”
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