Wisconsin Dells ride removed after scare

Caught on camera: Wisconsin Dells ride snaps

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – The Mt. Olympus Theme Park and Resort has decided to remove a ride that gave two southwest Minnesota families a scare this week at Wisconsin Dells.

And the danger started before the ride even left the ground.

On Wednesday, Carrie Sueker agreed to join 13-year-old Trevor Larson on "The Catapult" – a bungee cord ride that sends riders into the air before bouncing them. The two were traveling as part of a team headed to an Eau Claire, Wis. basketball tournament.

Sueker and Larson were seated, strapped in and ready when suddenly – the bungee cord came crashing down beside them, creating a hole in the asphalt beside their chair.

"I knew something went wrong, but I didn't realize the magnitude, I think, of what did go wrong," Sueker told KARE 11 on Thursday.

And what was alarming to those on board the ride was downright terrifying to those watching.

"Disbelief. Didn't think that just actually happened. And then second thing, was if they were OK," said Dru Larson, father of Trevor.

Larson said it appeared the part where the bungee cord connected to a cable gave way, causing the contraption to fall. Larson added he did speak to the ride's owner who said this was the first time such a malfunction had occurred, although the ride's bungee cords broke four years ago.

Mt. Olympus released a statement Friday reading, "After further review, Mt. Olympus has required Casco Inc. the owner/operator of the Catapult ride to permanently cease operation of the ride and remove the ride from Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park."

The park permanently removed a ride from its indoor park last year, after a 63-year-old man fell nearly 17 feet from a roller coaster. The man suffered several fractures and a brain injury from the accident, which was caused by a safety bar that came unlocked.

The park reimbursed the Sueker and Larson families for their night's stay and the cost of the ride. Workers also offered Carrie and Trevor another turn on "The Catapult."

"We were both like, 'No, no thank you.' And so we didn't want to get back on," laughed Sueker.

Despite the laughs – both Sueker and the elder Larson said they hope the mishap doesn't happen again.

"I would feel terrible if this happened to anybody else," Larson said.

"I guess our main thought is, just we want to make sure that this doesn't happen again to anyone. And just make sure that things are safe and so forth," Sueker said.

"You go to these places and you're trusting and you think everything is safe," she said, adding, "But it was pretty scary."


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