Terrifying video shows dad desperately clinging to son after rollercoaster seatbelt malfunctions

By Kirstin Buick
28 April 2016

The look on the little boy’s face when he realises he’s slipping is chilling.

What should have been a fun family outing turned to nightmare after a little boy nearly slipped out of a rollercoaster car when the seatbelt failed to keep him safe.

A video filmed by Kaysen Latham’s father shows the six-year-old boy grinning excitingly as the rollercoaster starts to chug along the tracks at Wonderland Amusement Park in Amarillo, Texas.

But his expression quickly turns to one of horror when he realises that he's slipping from the car.

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Luckily, his father Delheim’s reflexes take over and he reaches out and holds him tightly as the amusement park ride picks up speed.

Luckily, the Mouse Trap is a small rollercoaster and poor Kaysen, who looks as though he’s about to pass out from fear, wasn’t subjected to any loops or vertical drops.

"Our seatbelt came apart on the Mousetrap and Kaysen slid to the bottom of the floor board and I had to grab him and pull him back up and hold him for the rest of the ride," Delheim, who posted the ordeal on Facebook, wrote.

The worst part? When the Texas father notified funfair workers of the issue, they told him that they already knew the seatbelt was faulty.

“When I told the guy at the end of the ride he stated that he knew that had happened sometimes."

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‘That made me more angry obviously. I told him that’s not acceptable to know that something is messing up and still let people on a ride,’ he told KFDA.

Wonderland was quick to respond to the bad press in a statement:

"Wonderland immediately reached back out to Mr. Latham the evening it happened and promptly removed the back cart from the ride and ensured all other seatbelts were in proper working order. The Mouse Trap was back in full operation on Saturday.”

In defence of their ride, they added that the Mouse Trap had actually been built without seatbelts at all.

Here’s a first-person view of the ride – would you be comfortable going on it without a safety belt?

Sources: Mashabe, The Metro, KFDA

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