Roller coaster accident at Circus Circus raises questions

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A woman was injured after authorities say she fell off a roller coaster inside Circus Circus Adventuredome earlier this week.

The ride is now closed and under investigation and many questions remain about what happened.

The El Loco roller coaster opened in Feb. 2014.

While the investigation into what happened Monday is ongoing, 8 News Now wanted to learn more about the ride itself.

Documents obtained by 8 News Now show El Loco was last inspected in January by an approved third party and was found to be in substantial compliance with all codes.

The Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention has regulatory oversight on all amusement and transportation systems.

The county says rides on the Strip are inspected annually and there are additional, unannounced inspections that can be performed.

It’s kind of disturbing, said Kevin Gaddy, tourist.

But visitors 8 News Now spoke to say more frequent checks are necessary.

On a daily basis,Gaddy said. It’s what they call pre-maintenance. It’s a regular thing. So, not monthly, quarterly, but on the regular, daily.

It’s sort of like a vehicle, it has to be inspected after so many miles, said Helen Gaddy, tourist. All those rides should be inspected, as well

At least every 24 hours. I mean, this is your child’s safety, for God’s sake. If one of my kids fell off there, I don’t know what I would do, said Ilena Ambrose, visiting from Illinois.

MGM Resorts International released a statement saying:

We are incredibly saddened that one of our Adventuredome guests was injured and our hearts go out to the guest and her family. Safety is our top priority, and the ride in question is closed until further notice as this incident is investigated. 

Clark County officials say the ride will only be operated for inspection and testing purposes as part of the investigation.

The ride’s manufacturer, S&S Worldwide, says they are also participating in the investigation.

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