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Wednesday
Sep262012

Utah Couple Gets Engaged on Popular Amusement Ride

Courtesy Kurt Adams(ROY, Utah) -- This happy couple was certainly high on love this past Saturday.

Kurt Adams, 25, of Roy, Utah, had been planning his unique wedding proposal for two weeks prior to actually popping the question Saturday.

Adams proposed to his girlfriend of nine months, Susan Hamilton, 21, of Loa, Utah, by strategically placing his sister and a few friends from work on the “Sky Ride” at Lagoon Amusement Park so they could pass by in the opposite direction, each holding signs spelling out the most important question of his life, “Susan, Will You Marry Me?”

“I just wanted to do something I didn’t think was done by someone else,” Adams told ABC News. “My original plan was to be up on the ride with the sign holders on the ground. But a lady at work suggested having the riders come the opposite direction on the ride with the signs, and that was 100 times better than the original idea.

“As the sign with her name passed, she turned and said, ‘Hey, my name’s Susan,’” Adams added. “She had no idea it was relevant to her. She almost missed the second sign.”

Hamilton was too busy chatting with the people holding the “Susan” sign, trying to find out it’s relevance, to notice the other corresponding signs coming in her direction. But Adams focused her attention just in time.

“When she saw the rest of them, I had the ring folded up in a piece of paper with a question mark in a little bag. My hands were shaking and I thought I was going to drop the ring,” said Adams. “She pulled the ring out and looked at the question mark, and I said, ‘Should we make this official?’ And she said, ‘You gotta put it on my hand first.’”

Once Adams slipped the ring on her finger to make the engagement official, she was overcome with emotion.

“She was just like, ‘Oh my heck, I had no idea this was even happening. I’m about to cry,’” Adams said.

However, despite the happy ending, the engagement didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. There were a few technical difficulties leading up to the magical moment.

“I didn’t have a plan B in case the ride was closed,” Adams said. “I didn’t know what I would do if that was the case. And the people who had the signs ended up being late because their son was hurt in a Little League football game, so I was just wandering around the park. … Oh, and a kid got his finger pinched in the guardrail so they had to stop the ride to do an accident report.”

Adams joked, “The ring was burning a hole in my pocket. They stopped the ride about four or five times. It was like 20 minutes before the people with the signs passed.”

All’s well that ends well, and the happy couple has a wedding date set for Dec. 14.

 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Apr032011

Boy, 3, Dead After Falling Off Roller Coaster Ride

WLS-TV Chicago(NORRIDGE, Ill.) -- A three-year-old boy is dead following a tragic accident at a games and amusement center in a Chicago suburb Saturday.

Authorities are investigating what caused the boy to slip under a safety bar and fall to his death while riding a roller coaster with his twin brother Saturday at the Go Bananas entertainment center in Norridge, Illinois. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“When he actually fell off the ride, it was at a low point,” said Sgt. Louis Orlando of the Norridge Police Department. “I believe it was at a bend, and that’s what maybe--probably caused him to fall out.”

Officials say the facility has been shut down by the Village of Norridge, and will remain closed until all rides have been inspected.

The identity of the child was not immediately released, pending notification of his family.

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Wednesday
Mar232011

Vigil Held for South Carolina Boy Killed in Amusement Park Crash

ABC News(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- A candlelight vigil was held in South Carolina Tuesday night to remember Benjamin Easler, the six-year-old boy who was killed in an accident at an amusement park a few days before.

Hundreds attended the memorial service in Spartanburg, including Rodney Morrison, one of the 18 people injured in the crash.

"I was only on the floor for like a minute or something," said Morrison, describing the accident.  "And I stood up and looked around and I saw people all over the place on the floor and stuff.  It was crazy."

On Saturday, Easler, Morrison and 26 other passengers -- ranging in age from three to 54 -- were aboard a children's train ride at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg when the train derailed and crashed.  Matt Conrad, the driver of the "Sparky" ride, later told police he had been driving too fast at the time of the accident.

Easler, who was visiting the amusement park with a group from Corinth Baptist Church, where his father is a pastor, was the only person killed.´╗┐

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