Worker inspecting Orlando thrill ride dies after fall

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A worker doing an inspection on a popular central Florida thrill ride was killed Monday after falling more than 50 feet (15.2 meters).

Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted that firefighters responded to the Orlando StarFlyer ride early Monday after receiving a report that the 21-year-old man had fallen. The unidentified worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The ride wasn’t moving at the time.

At 450 feet (137 meters), the Orlando StarFlyer is billed as the world’s tallest swing ride. Visitors in swings rotate around a pole reaching speeds up to 45 mph (72.4 kph). The ride is located on International Drive, the busy tourist corridor in Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT

The death was being investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.