Tuesday, June 28, 2005
A popular ride at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo remains closed today as park officials and state regulators try to determine why it left a 7-old-girl feeling nauseated and numb.
Investigators with Cal OSHA spent Monday testing and inspecting the park's Hammerhead Shark ride, which swings like a pendulum before sending riders on a 360-degree whirl, after shutting it down first thing Sunday morning.
Park spokesman Paul Garcia said park officials received a call from authorities at San Francisco General Hospital who said they were treating a girl who said she had a headache, nausea and numbness. The girl told doctors she'd spent Saturday at Six Flags, Garcia said, and the attraction she described riding matched the Hammerhead Shark.
"We voluntarily suspended operation of the ride and notified Cal OSHA," Garcia said.
Park officials inspected and tested the ride Sunday and found nothing wrong with it, but notified Cal OSHA -- as is standard procedure, Garcia said. The ride will remain closed until Cal OSHA approves reopening it, Garcia said.
Cal OSHA has not released its findings, and agency officials could not be reached for comment this morning.
The Hammerhead Shark was installed in 1996 and has had no history of problems, Garcia said.