Garfield County Coroner's Office confirmed Tuesday that Wongel Estifanos was killed while riding the Haunted Mine Drop at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
"Wongel was a beautiful, caring, and cheerful girl who loves Jesus so much for a 6 year old girl," a family friend wrote in a GoFundMe. "Her life was cut short in this tragic accident."
"Her parents, families and all the community is devastated by this tragic and sudden loss. We want all the community to stand with the family during unthinkable loss. We understand nothing will bring her back, but we do not want this to be an additional burden to the parents; hence asking for your help in this matter."
Wongel is survived by her parents Estifanos and Rahel.
original story 9/7/2021 7:42 AM
A six-year-old girl has died on a theme park ride in Colorado.
The child was killed while riding the Haunted Mine Drop at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Sunday.
"An incident occurred this evening, September 5, at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that resulted in a fatality," the park wrote on its Facebook page on Monday night.
"Authorities and emergency personnel have been dispatched and an investigation is in progress. Out of respect and concern for all parties involved, we will not have further comment until all details have been confirmed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved," it concluded, adding the park would remain closed Monday and Tuesday.
The Haunted Mine Drop sees seated riders plunge 110ft into Iron Mountain in a simulated freefall, reaching 4Gs of acceleration. Riders must be at least 46 inches tall.
All park visitors are also required to sign a release of liability waiver before going on any rides or attractions.
Authorities have not said what caused the as-yet unnamed girl's death; however recording of the 911 call obtained by CBS hears the dispatcher request "EMS at Glenwood Caverns for a party that fell out of the shaft ride." She adds: "The party is at the bottom of the shaft now."