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Questions swirl after vet falls from NY coaster
Questions swirl after US Army double amputee falls to death from 208-foot-tall roller coaster
By The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ' A 208-foot-tall roller coaster in upstate New York remains closed as questions swirl about the falling death of an Iraq war veteran who lost both his legs to a roadside bomb and the decision to allow him on the ride.

Sgt. James Thomas Hackemer was ejected Friday from the Ride of Steel coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, located between Buffalo and Rochester.

Amusement park industry consultant Dennis Speigel said Sunday that a combination of rider responsibility and operator responsibility comes into play when determining who should ride certain attractions.



Hackemer's falling death remains under investigation, but Speigel says it appears to be a bad decision on both parts.

Relatives have said they don't hold the park responsible.


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