Wongel Estifanos dead: Girl, 6, who fell 110ft to her death from 'haunted' ride is remembered as 'beautiful & cheerful'

THE little girl who fell 110ft to her death from a theme park ride has been remembered as "beautiful and cheerful."

Wongel Estifanos, six, died while on the Haunted Mine Drop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado on Sunday.


Her family have now paid tribute to the youngster, saying her "life was cut short in this tragic accident."

Writing on a GoFundMe page they said: "Our brother Estifanos and sister Rahel have lost their beautiful daughter Wongel Estifanos tragically in an accident on Sept 5th, 2021 while riding the Mine Drop Ride in Glenwood Springs vacationing with her family.

"Wongel was a beautiful, caring, and cheerful girl who loves Jesus so much for a 6 year old girl.  Her life was cut short in this tragic accident.

"Her parents, families and all the community is devastated by this tragic and sudden loss."

More than $13,000 has been raised to help with the cost of Wongel's funeral as of Wednesday.

The ride was designed with no arm restraints to make the rollercoaster “more scary”, according to reports.

Stan Checketts, who designed the ride, told KDVR in 2017 that bosses took the decision to make it “more exciting”.

The ride takes less than three seconds to drop and falls 110 feet.

He said: “We don’t put shoulder restraints on the side of your head, which makes it a little bit more scary.

“Usually as a rule every ride that I’ve ever designed with my team and built with my team, I’m the first one to ride it.”

WAIVER REQUIRED

Parents of under 18s are instructed to sign a waiver form that allows their kids to ride certain attractions at the theme park, including the Haunted Mine Drop.

Guests must be at least 46 inches (116.84cm) tall to go on the ride.

The waiver states that visitors understand that rides can pose the risk of injury or death.

A sentence of the form reads: “The undersigned understand and agree that a seat belt is in no way a guarantee of safety.”

A dispatcher said: “EMS at Glenwood Caverns for a party that fell out of the shaft ride. The party is at the bottom of the shaft.”

A first responder was heard on the audio saying that medics were performing CPR before requesting a coroner.

PARK CLOSED

An investigation is currently underway into what caused the incident.

Cops say that the probe will take weeks and it's likely a report will not be ready for months.

The Haunted Mine Drop, which opened in July 2017, is billed as the first drop ride to go underground, plunging riders 110 feet inside of Iron Mountain.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park remains closed and is set to reopen on September 11.


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