-A U.S. Army veteran who lost his legs while deployed in Iraq was thrown from a 200-foot-tall roller coaster at an upstate theme park on Friday and was killed.
James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was ejected from a roller coaster at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort Friday. Hackerner lost both of his legs serving in Iraq.
James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was ejected from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, located between Buffalo and Rochester, at about 5:30 p.m., the Genesee County sheriff’s office said.
The park confirmed a guest “came out of the Ride of Steel roller coaster” and said it was “saddened to report that the guest has passed.” It said local authorities and its safety experts were investigating.
The park’s website describes the Ride of Steel as one of the tallest coasters east of the Missi
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