State orders Mount Olympus ride closed after rider severely injured

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LAKE DELTON (AP) — The state has ordered a roller coaster at a Wisconsin Dells area resort closed after a rider was severely injured in a fall.

The state Department of Safety and Professional Services cited four code violations on the Mount Olympus ride and noted the lap bar that came open was “defective.”

Lake Delton police say 63-year-old Anthony Theisen fell nearly 17 feet from the roller coaster to the concrete floor at the indoor theme park March 6. His attorney, Todd Korb, says he came out of a coma Monday, but the long term effects of his brain injury are unknown.

A Mount Olympus statement says the state’s findings about the lap bars are inconsistent with what their internal investigation. But they note they’ve permanently closed the ride.

9 comments

  • Hmmmm

    Well of course the “internal investigation” came up with a different conclusion than the actual state’s findings of the accident. Mount Olympus should just accept the fact that their ride wasn’t safe at the time and caused the serious injuries that the man had received.

    • JJ

      I believe it is called “oopa” or something along those lines. My family was there just a few months ago and had issues with the ride and the security of it along with the unprofessional staff that was working.

  • Katie

    I believe it is the same ride the guy got killed on not that long ago. Thats crazy, was just up there and stayed at Mt Olympus, the hotel is really falling apart and losing business.

    • laura

      I think if someone had been the same ride that someone had recently been killed on , it wouldn’t be open and being used for some to get injured on it again.

  • Steve

    Someone really needs to buy this place from the current owner and turn it around from the complete downward spiral it’s in now. The current management seems to be more concerned with buying up every property in the dells when they should be concerned with guest service, safety, and ride upkeep and maintenance. That place has really turned into a dump. I’ll continue to stay at the wilderness thank you very much.

  • Ashlee

    I live in the Wisconsin Dells area and my mother in-law was there a few days ago and it is the ride called opa it’s in the indoor area and it’s very similar to another ride at six flags called the mouse trap. We go to mt. olympus every summer and always have a blast but I’m kind of nervous about going back this summer now.

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