Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
February 27, 2006
Valdosta - More than one million guests visit Wild Adventures and Cypress Gardens each year, and in his 10 years of operating amusement parks, Kent Buescher has never had to deal with a serious accident.
That all changed Saturday night. "We had a young man who was dared to see if he could stand up on a ride," said Buescher.
The teenage boy fell about 12 feet from the Triple Hurricane Coaster, and was airlifted to a Tampa hospital where he’s in intensive care. His lap restraint was still locked when the ride came to a stop and a state ride inspector cleared the park of any fault. "Our goal is to make sure that every time these rides go up, they’re 100 percent safe," said Buescher.
To guarantee that, the rides go through extensive safety inspections on a daily basis before they're ever allowed to go into operation. That even applies to rides as small as the carousel.
And on a yearly basis, the rides are completely dissected to look for any signs of wear and tear. "Every single ride comes totally apart, I mean break it down to every nut, bolt, and screw, and every wearable part is replaced," said Buescher.
Even with all the safety inspections the rides here at Wild Adventures and Cypress Gardens go through, park officials say no ride is completely safe if guests don’t follow the rules. "Its very simple if they’ll just make sure they’re always seated properly in the ride and the lap restraint is in place," said Buescher.
That extra caution combined with the park’s tedious safety procedures will help prevent another tragedy.