EXCLUSIVE: Twelve-year-old girl recovering from electric shock at Indiana Beach

A 12-year-old-girl is still recovering an electric shock Saturday evening.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 11:32 PM
Updated: Jul 4, 2019 4:24 AM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — A 12-year-old-girl is still recovering from an electric shock Saturday evening. Sage was riding Indiana Beach's wooden roller coaster, Hoosier Hurricane, when she said the injury happened at the end of the ride.

It's the same ride where a boy died last week from what authorities called a "medical condition."

News 18 spoke exclusively with Sage and her aunt about the shock and why they are now questioning the safety of the park.

"As of right now I do not feel safe," said Kris Bowers. "I don't feel safe putting my family on there."

Sage, who's last name we are protecting due to the family's request, won't be riding the Hoosier Hurricane anymore let alone any roller coaster at Indiana Beach.

"I was trying to scream for my dad but he didn't hear me," said Sage.

Sage's dad didn't hear she was in pain, struggling to exit the ride.

"I was trying to move but I couldn't," said Sage. "It was locking my hand in place and it kept pushing my hand up slowly, but it was shocking it so I couldn't move it."

She said the right side of her body was incapacitated.

"I felt really numb on my side and I could barely breathe," said Sage.

It wasn't until she lifted her leg off the ground that she could feel her body, and exit the ride.

"She was crying, complaining of a severe headache, and muscle aches in her arms and legs," said Bowers.

The aches led Sage and her dad to see a medic. They said the medic at Indiana Beach told them to see a doctor. They visited IU Heath White Memorial Hospital late Saturday afternoon, where the doctor diagnosed her with electric shock.

"I just felt that I could not sit back and not say anything and not notify anybody," said Bowers.

Bowers showed her sister the medical results and her sister posted them on Facebook, warning Indiana Beach goers about the dangers of the ride.

It was posted a couple of days ago and people are reacting with their stories about Indiana Beach and the Hoosier Hurricane.

"I think Indiana Beach has a lot of explaining to do as far as their safety," said Bowers.

"They just need to make sure its safe for people to go so they have fun and don't get hurt like me," said Sage.

Bowers said she will only allow her family to use the water park at Indiana Beach. 

Brayden Cooper's family is still waiting for autopsy results from the White County coroner. Preliminary results showed a pre-existing medical condition, but his family told News 18 he does not have any pre-existing conditions.

As we first told you through our WLFI app Wednesday afternoon, some of the agencies involved have issued statements as well.

Indiana Beach said in part, "The safety of our guests and team members is our first priority. All our rides are inspected annually by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security"

That department also sent out a statement on their inspections following both incidents.

Those statements are listed here. 

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