Girl falls 15 feet from old Joyland ride

Published: Nov. 28, 2017 at 5:36 PM CST
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A 14-year-old girl recovers in a Wichita hospital after she falls 15-feet off an old ride at the former Joyland Amusement Park.

Melissa Shahan says her daughter, along with other kids, went to the old park Sunday afternoon and were climbing on old equipment. But it wasn't all fun and games.

"My niece called and was like, 'Lexi is hurt and can't move and can't breathe,'" she recalls.

Shahan lives nearby. She called 911 and rushed over.

She says her daughter was on the platform for the Log Jam ride when her foot slipped, she fell and started going down the slide.

"But there was a little gap and it caught her foot, and it catapulted her and she fell the rest of the 15 feet to a metal support beam where the track was missing," Shahan explains.

She says her daughter has broken ribs, a punctured lung and a damaged spleen.

"I blame my child for her actions, she's 14, she knows better," says Shahan.

But she says there's no fence to keep people out and no other signs posted beyond the entrance.

"We thought, like everyone else, that there's a fence up. We thought there was a fence there, you know something there to prevent it from being so easily accessible. And there's not," says Shahan.

We talked to the son of Joyland's owner.

He says they have done everything to keep people out and their fences are constantly torn down.

He says demolition would be expensive and he would like to see more people prosecuted for trespassing.

"It's not fun, don't go play in it. It looks like a fun thing to do, but it can have serious consequences...a lesson my daughter learned the hard way," says Shahan.

She says she plans to talk with the state and state lawmakers about what changes can be made at the closed theme park.