Employee hit by roller coaster at Santa Claus Village in New Hampshire is still recovering in hospital

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State officials are releasing more details after a worker suffered serious ride injuries during an incident at Santa Claus Village in Jefferson over the weekend. and fall off the carousel platform. The incident happened on the Poogee Penguins Spin Out Coaster. News 9 was told the 51-year-old worker was the sole operator of the ride and was well trained. He was on the ride platform when he was hit by one of the roller coaster trains and fell about six to eight feet to the ground. Authorities are now working to find witnesses who were on the roller coaster at the time to better understand what happened. “The ride remains safe,” Toomey said. “Something happened that caused this operator to come out on this platform in a unique way, which normally wouldn’t be the case. We’ll do some follow-up to figure out why, but the track record of Santa’s Village, other state facilities, and the partnership with our inspectors provides a pleasant and safe environment for people visiting the parks. The state tram inspector inspected the roller coaster on Saturday and approved its operation. The ride remained closed again on Sunday, but that decision was made by Santa Claus Village. Meanwhile, News 9 learned that the rest of the park was open for guests on Sunday.

State officials are releasing more details after a worker suffered serious ride injuries during an incident at Santa Claus Village in Jefferson over the weekend.

The state fire marshal confirmed the ride’s operator remains in hospital Sunday night after being hit by a roller coaster car and falling off the ride’s platform.

The incident happened on the Poogee Penguins Spin Out Coaster.

News 9 learned that the 51-year-old worker was the sole operator of the ride and was well trained.

He was on the transport platform when he was hit by one of the roller coaster trains and fell approximately six to eight feet to the ground.

Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said people were on the way at the time, but no one else was injured.

Authorities are now working to find witnesses who were on the coaster at the time to better understand what happened.

“The ride remains safe,” Toomey said. “Something happened that caused this operator to come out on this platform in a unique way, which normally wouldn’t be the case. We’ll do some follow-up to figure out why, but the track record of Santa’s Village, other state facilities, and the partnership with our inspectors provides a pleasant and safe environment for people who visit the parks.”

The state tram inspector inspected the coaster on Saturday and approved it for operation.

The merry-go-round remained closed again on Sunday, but that decision was made by Santa Claus Village.

Meanwhile, News 9 learned that the rest of the park was open for guests on Sunday.

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