Boy falls from Coney Island roller coaster

Boy falls from Coney Island roller coaster

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A five-year-old boy is expected to recover from a serious leg injury after he fell from the Sea Serpent kiddie roller coaster on Coney Island.

The boy was at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park at West 12th Street and the Boardwalk Wednesday evening when he fell, the FDNY said.

The boy suffered "multiple traumas" but was conscious, officials said. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital on the East Side of Manhattan.

The boy, who did meet the height requirement, apparently crawled under the lap bar and tried to get off the ride before it had stopped, said Dennis Vourderis, vice president of the amusement park. He fell in between cars and onto the track.

"Our prayers for a speedy recovery are with the young man and his family," Vourderis said. He added that the boy suffered a large cut to his left leg.

The boy was on the ride with his 7-year-old sister, who was not hurt, Fox 5 reported.

Crews closed the ride and were inspecting the lap bar and the car the boy fell from, Vourderis said. The ride had been inspected and approved and hadn't had an incident in its 15-year history, he said.

"This is the People's Playground, a tradition, honor and responsibility our family has taken seriously for 3 generations and which we carry for future generations to enjoy," Vourderis said.

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