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Girl collapses at Six Flags Great America

Ten-year-old dies when returning to family

August 17, 2006 - CowCoaster214

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Health Conditions: A girl with pre-existing heart condition collapsed after returning from ride and later died.


Running toward her cousins and grandmother, a 10-year-old girl collapsed at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. She died a short time later.

The girl was running back from the Camp Cartoon Network, an area in the park where she just got off a ride. The girl, who had a history of heart problems, collapsed. The paramedics came, but her heart had already stopped and she was pronounced dead an hour after. An autopsy is planned to find the cause of her death.

The police said the girl, whose name had not been released, lived in Arlington Heights, an area in the Chicago suburbs, which is about 20 miles south of the park.

There was no answer to the phone at the Six Flags, Inc., headquarters in both Gurnee, Illinois, and New York. Six flags, Inc., which runs over 30 water, theme, and animal parks in North America. They recently switched management and now have been trying to make all their parks family-oriented.

This was not the first death to occur in the park. In 2003, an 11-year old girl died after riding Raging Bull, the star attraction in the park that soars over a height of 200 feet. The 10-year-old girl was said to have died from a previous heart condition.

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