Few Details Released on Circus Circus Las Vegas Rollercoaster Accident

Posted on: March 28, 2019, 08:07h. 

Last updated on: March 28, 2019, 11:49h.

An accident at a Circus Circus Las Vegas rollercoaster this week has left a woman injured, but her condition remains unknown, as authorities aren’t releasing many details on the incident.

Circus Circus rollercoaster MGM Resorts
A woman fell off a rollercoaster at Circus Circus this week in Las Vegas. (Image: Robb Alvey/Circus Circus)

The MGM Resorts budget property is home to the Adventuredome. One of the rides inside the five-acre indoor amusement park is the El Loco rollercoaster.

According to authorities, a woman fell from the ride sometime on Monday. Details on the accident haven’t been made public. Her condition is unknown.

We are incredibly saddened that one of our Adventuredome guests was injured and our hearts go out to the guest and her family,” MGM Resorts said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority, and the ride in question is closed until further notice as this incident is investigated.”

The casino resort describes the coaster: “Riders will experience twists, turns, and drops very unique in the coaster world, as they ascend 90 feet before dropping over and under to experience a 1.5 vertical-G.” Riders are required to be at least four-feet tall.

Investigation Ongoing

The Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department was called to the scene to determine how the accident occurred. A “Prohibited Use Notice” was issued and the ride closed for inspection.

The El Loco coaster opened in February 2014. It’s more of an adult-oriented ride, as opposed to the majority of kid-friendly attractions at the Adventuredome. The 72-second ride reaches speeds as fast as 45 miles per hour.

Under Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 651, hotels in the state have the legal obligation to look out for the safety of their guests. That includes providing sufficient security, assuring the property is clean and free from diseases, and maintenance is regularly conducted.

Casinos can be held liable for injuries, but only if it’s determined that the resort was negligent.

Las Vegas Injuries

Last August, two people were rushed to the hospital after they were burned by a flaming drink at the Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant inside Caesars Palace.

The guests had ordered the Rum Donkey – a $14 cocktail featuring rum, falernum, brown sugar, ginger beer, and torched passion fruit, the last ingredient being the one that is literally lit on fire during serving. The drink was removed from the menu following the incident.

In 2013, an audience participant in David Copperfield’s performance at MGM Grand claimed to have been seriously injured after taking part in an illusion. Gavin Cox – a British tourist – says he was invited onstage for a stunt where Copperfield made him and others vanish. Cox fell, and was quickly removed from the stage.

Cox subsequently sued the magician and MGM on allegations that he has lasting brain damage and bodily injuries. The man purports that his medical expenses relating from the accident have totaled more than $400,000. A jury, however, ruled in Copperfield’s favor, finding him not liable for Cox’s injuries.