Police on Wednesday said they are investigating safety problems at a theme park in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, after a 6-year-old boy fell from a jet coaster.
The accident occurred at the Wonderland theme park at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Fuji TV reported that the boy fell from his seat to the ground four meters below and broke his ribs.
Police were quoted as saying that the same jet coaster was involved in another accident six years ago when it was rear-ended, injuring three passengers.
The most recent safety inspection in January found no abnormalities, park officials said.
The jet coaster is equipped with a safety bar and seat belt. The boy was riding it with his 9-year-old sister. Police have not yet said how the boy fell out, but said it is usual procedure in accidents of this sort to investigate the case on suspicion of professional negligence.© Japan Today