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Father found out about his 14-year-old son who fell to his death at an amusement park while watching a video online

Tire Sampson, 14, fell to his death while riding at an Orlando theme park and now his father has spoken out about the tragedy and how he found out about it by watching a video online

Tire Sampson, 14, fell to his death while riding at an Orlando amusement park
Tire Sampson, 14, fell to his death while riding at an Orlando amusement park

The father of a 14-year-old boy who fell to his death on a Florida amusement ride said he only found out about the tragedy after seeing a video of it online.

Yarnell Sampson has shared how it felt like he received a “hard punch in the gut” when he saw his son Tire fall off the ride as he was halfway down a 430ft descent at ICON Park drove down in Orlando.

In the harrowing footage, the teenager could be seen disengaging from his harness.

“It felt like someone hit me in the stomach so hard. I just lost, I lost, lost the wind,” Sampson reportedly said.

“And the pain behind it could never be taken away – and sorry I won’t take it back and no money, nothing on earth to replace the young man. And it’s just sad that a young man’s bright future was taken away from a ride, an amusement park.”






Yarnell Sampson said he learned of the tragedy after seeing the video online

An investigation is currently underway into the cause of the tragedy on the drive, which has remained closed and Mr Sampson has said he wants answers.

He said WASH 2.: “I want to know what happened to my son. I want to know why my son is stuck in a white bag and needs to be sent home. He went there. Why can’t he go back? I want answers from everyone. Who was involved in all of this?

“I wish I was there to tell him I love him, that I’m sorry. That he loses his life. So young and I wish I was.”






What led to the tragedy is currently under investigation

The family has started a petition for the ride to be permanently closed.

Sampson said his son is 6ft 5 inches tall and was told by other rides at the park that he was too tall to ride safely – but Free Fall ride operators waved him on board.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said of the investigation, “It just appears to be a terrible tragedy.







People have left tributes at the theme park in Orlando
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There were no “seat belts” on the ride – the only thing keeping passengers from falling out of their seats were pull-down plastic belts designed to buckle between the drivers’ legs.

The ride blew up and lasted for about 10 seconds before falling.

Tire fell out of his seat and soon after landed on the ground to the dismay of the other riders.

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