Steven Thomas was not himself on the Sunday night ride. But his daughters and nieces were in the boat right in front of whoever was part of the crash.
His wife was recording as the girls’ boat rounded the corner. The video shows a section of railing that looks loose during the ride.
“When my daughters got off this ride, along with my nieces, they described it as kind of a shock and they thought their boat was going to tip over,” Thomas told Action News Tuesday.
Thomas said his wife saw the boat hit the railing, but didn’t notice anything unusual at the time. Their daughters and nieces were not injured and were able to exit the arena safely.
The family only realized that the railing had moved during the ride while watching the video.
“When my daughters hit him my nieces hit him, they got off the ride and said something was wrong. They hit something that caused the boat to overturn,” said Thomas.
He did not tip over, but two people in the boat following Thomas’ family were injured when theirs overturned.
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In a statement to Action News, Six Flags said both runners were taken to hospital for further evaluation.
The park said first aid staff helped those stuck in the ride.
“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority,” said Six Flags.
Thomas said he did not see this boat hit the railing, but saw what happened afterward. He said the boat was sitting at about 45 degrees and saw a woman crying.
“It certainly could have been my kids; they were probably within a minute of this happening to them,” Thomas said.
Despite the tight call, Thomas said he and his family would definitely start the ride again.
“I’ve been to Great Adventure a handful of times in my life. I remember going to the wooden canal 30 years ago and it was one of the great rides there,” Thomas said. . “I would ride it tomorrow if it was open. It’s not one of the most extreme rides. It’s one of the easiest rides.”
Park officials said the log channel will remain closed until a full inspection is carried out.
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