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Lap bar blamed in police report for Mt. Olympus Roller Coaster accident

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WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) --- A lap bar malfunction is to blame in the roller coaster accident in the Wisconsin Dells, according to witnesses in a police report obtained by 27 News.

The Lake Delton Officer who responded to the call at Mt. Olympus Theme Park says when he arrived he saw the victim Anthony J. Theisen on the ground as two park managers applied pressure to his head wound.

Officer Troy Spencer spoke with Theisen's wife and asked her what had happened while riding on the Opa "Twister Coaster."  His wife told police that they were riding around the corner when her husband flew out of his seat.  She told officers it was his seat bar that opened up and became unlocked just before they went around the corner of the track.

Theisen was sitting in the first seat on the ride.  Officer Spencer checked over the cart according the accident report.  He says he pulled on each lap bar from the down position and only the first seat, which Theisen was sitting, came unlocked. Spencer says Theisen fell nearly 17 feet to the concrete below.

The Mt. Olympus maintenance worker told police that the roller coaster carts were swapped out that day for others on the track.  The police report states the maintenance person did advise those carts were NDT tested and replacement parts were installed.  He also told police they performed test laps that morning and everything was working properly.

One witness in the police report says she called police after watching the story on 27 News and was with her granddaughter in line when the accident happened.   She rushed out of the area before police were there to keep her granddaughter from seeing the incident.  She informed police that she saw the victim fall out of the ride and hit three metal poles.  That is when she rushed over to the ride operator to tell them and told police that the operator started crying and ran to the bathroom.  The witness advised the operator to stop the ride in which they did before proceeding to the bathroom.  That same witness tells police she rode minutes before Theisen in that same cart and identified that same seat as the seat she was in.  The report states, "she had to hold down the lap bar during the entire duration of the roller coaster ride."

A representative of Theisen's family tells 27 News that Theisen is still hospitalized with serious injuries.

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