By Brenda Waters

LIGONIER (KDKA) – Emergency crews were called to Idlewild Park Thursday after a young boy fell off a roller coaster.

According to emergency dispatchers, the initial call came in just before noon at the Westmoreland County amusement park.

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According to police sources, the 3-year-old boy was ejected from the Rollo Coaster while riding with his brother. It happened on the last turn at the highest point, approximately 12 feet.

Sources say he landed on the tracks near a fence, and that he was initially unresponsive and discolored. However, the boy was conscious when he was flown to Children’s Hospital, and reportedly spoke to family members.

Park official Jeff Croushore said that it happened on the coaster’s middle section.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the boy and his family, a full investigation has begun to determine the cause of this incident,” he said.

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The Rollo Coaster is a wooden ride built in 1938. Officials say rides are inspected daily.

Records show the Rollo Coaster was last inspected on Aug. 6.

The ride has been shut down. Ligonier Police and Westmoreland County detectives are investigating.

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