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UPDATE: Mt. Olympus roller coaster will be removed after accident

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UPDATE: LAKE DELTON (WKOW)—Mount Olympus, a Lake Delton resort, is getting rid of the roller coaster a man fell from last month. This comes after state inspectors issued four code violations against Mount Olympus.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and professional services conducted an investigation in to the Mount Olympus Opa! roller coaster, after a man fell from the ride on March 6. The state report says the park didn't follow all manufacturer-recommended maintenance on the roller coaster and that a lap bar malfunction is to blame for the accident in which a 63-year-old man was thrown and fell 15 feet.

The report states, "Our investigation determined that components of the lap bar system were defective and/or worn, which resulted in the lap bar malfunction."

State inspectors used dummies and weights to recreate the accident.

 "It should be noted that the weight restriction for passengers is a total of 660 lbs,” the report states. “The estimated weight of passengers at the time of the incident was a total of 720 lbs."

The victim, 63-year-old Anthony Theisen, sustained a fractured skull and brain injury in addition to fractured vertebrae and other bones, according to his attorney, Todd Korb.

"He came out of a coma yesterday,” Korb said. “He still has respiratory issues and we don't' know the full extent of his brain injury but at least he is showing some good signs."

Shortly after the report's release, Mount Olympus issued a statement saying in part:

“The important fact is the ride is permanently closed and will be removed from the park. No fines have been issued…However, other findings regarding weight limitations, bulletins and the inspection of lap bars are inconsistent with what our internal investigators found.”

State inspectors did issue four code violations to Mount Olympus for the maintenance failures, those would need to be corrected if the ride were to reopen.

"They should have been doing the things to maintain the ride,” Korb said. “This is not just one part that was malfunctioning...four of the 12 bars were failing."

Korb did say he believes Theisen and his family will be pleased to hear the ride is closed for good. Korb says it's too soon to determine if they will file a civil suit. He says first they need to know the extent of Theisen's injuries and his prognosis and that could take months.


WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) --- The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has issued 4 code violations against Mt Olympus Theme Park after a roller coaster accident in March sent a man to the hospital.

A copy of the report filed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services(DSPS) was provided to 27 News. It shows Mt. Olympus was not following all manufacturer-recommended maintenance on the ride and the group on the coaster at the time of the accident exceeded the ride's weight limit.

Police reports show Anthony Theisen fell more than 15 feet from the Opa Roller Coaster on March 6, injuring his head. Theisen's attorney told 27 News Tuesday his client is now out of a coma, but is still hospitalized.

State investigators found the theme park did complete daily inspections of the Opa Roller Coaster, but was unaware of a bulletin issued by the manufacturer in October 2010 requiring additional daily maintenance for the ride's lap bars. That service bulletin recommended daily, careful checking of all individual bars to see if they close correctly. DSPS ordered Mt. Olympus to implement that maintenance.

Another code violation found that the lap bar malfunction was caused by defective or worn parts and that Mt Olympus must replace those part.

Weight capacity was another violation, with the report stating the total passenger weight limit is 660 pounds. At the time of Theisen's fall, the coaster was operating with a total of 720 pounds on the ride.

The last violation was no documentation of training for ride operators.  DSPS found the operator had received training but there was documentation of the training recorded by the business.

The findings of the state investigators matched those of police investigators, with both noting the lap bar in the seat where Theisen was sitting had failed and would not lock into place. The DSPS report says, "the locking teeth and pawls were not locking properly and that the mechanisms and components appeared to have wear."

The report notes "total lap bar failure" on seats 1 and 4 of Car 6, which Theisen was in when he fell.

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