June 29th, 2008

Suddenly stupider

Stupid Tragedy

Did you guys hear about this?

I'm torn between feelings of "how stupid did this kid have to be?" and "oh my god, his poor family!"

Teen struck, killed by coaster at theme park, police say

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A teenager Saturday was struck and killed by a roller coaster at the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park outside Atlanta, authorities said.

The 17-year-old park visitor was killed after scaling two fences -- one of which was six feet tall -- around the Batman roller coaster, park spokeswoman Hela Sheth said in a statement.

The teen, who visiting the park with a church group from Springfield, South Carolina, was decapitated, she said.

Read the whole thing here.

As an aside: This is the Six Flags where my sister and I spent a bit o' time during our teenage years. It's an hour or so from where I grew up, and we had season passes. Whoo! :) Good times.

And the Batman ride that decapitated the kid is a GREAT coaster.