Teen decapitated at Six Flags in Georgia

June 28, 2008 7:44:37 PM PDT
A teenager decapitated by a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia, near Atlanta, may have been trying to retrieve a hat.

A police spokesman says they're looking into the reports from witnesses. Six Flags' officials say the 17-year-old boy from Columbia, South Carolina, scaled two six-foot fences into a restricted area and passed warning signs. The boy's name won't be released until after the autopsy.

Police say the Batman roller coaster was going full-speed when it hit the boy. The park's Web site says the ride's top speed is 50 miles per hour. Police say another boy entered the restricted area with the victim, but was not hurt.

The ride was closed after the accident out of respect for the teen's family, but is expected to reopen Monday.


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