Child ejected from Idlewild ride identified, remains in critical condition

A Jeanette boy remains in the hospital after being ejected from a roller coaster at Idlewild Park and Soakzone in Ligonier.

Declan McClain, 3, is still “very critical,” according to a woman at McClain’s grandparents’ home. She declined further comment Friday afternoon, reports WTAE.

McClain was riding the Rollo Coaster around and somehow fell out of the car.  McClain was reportedly riding in the third car with his 7-year-old brother when the incident occurred around noon Thursday

He was airlifted to UPMC Children’s Hospital with head and chest injuries.

The ride will be closed indefinitely pending the investigation, but the park is operating under normal hours.

Idlewild’s website states that Rollo Coaster riders must be 48 inches tall to ride. Riders under 48 inches but taller than 36 inches are allowed to ride with an adult. The ride does not have seat belts but does have a metal bar in each seat.

According to WTAE, an Idlewild spokesman did not address why McClain was allowed to ride without an adult but rather with his 7-year-old brother.

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