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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be closed for two days after “incident” on ride leaves 6-year-old dead

The park told The Glenwood Springs Post Independent that “an incident occurred this evening at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that resulted in a fatality"

Haunted Mine Drop ride. (Handout)

The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs will be closed on Monday and Tuesday after an “incident” on a ride Sunday evening left a 6-year-old Colorado Springs girl dead.

The park said in a news release that an investigation into what happened is ongoing.

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“We are deeply saddened and ask that you please keep the family of the deceased in your thoughts and prayers,” the release said.

The park told The Glenwood Springs Post Independent that “an incident occurred … at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that resulted in a fatality.”

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office said that immediately following the incident just before 8 p.m., “Glenwood Caverns employees initiated first aid until paramedics with the Glenwood Springs Fire Department arrived and determined the child had died.” 

The coroner’s office said the girl was fatally injured while riding the Haunted Mine Drop, but it didn’t elaborate.

“The circumstances of the fatality is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and coroner’s office,” the coroner’s office said in a news release.

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The Haunted Mine Drop opened in July 2017. The ride drops six people 110 feet in two to three seconds, according to 9News.

The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park website says riders must be at least 46 inches tall — or just under 4 feet — to ride the Haunted Mine Drop.

The name of the girl who died wasn’t released, but the Garfield County Coroner’s Office says she was vacationing with her family.

“An autopsy is scheduled with the coroner’s office forensic pathologist for this week,” the coroner’s office said.


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