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article imageKid hit by bird whilst riding Kingda Ka roller-coaster

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By Melissa Horrocks     Jul 29, 2012 in Odd News
New York - A freak accident took place on the Kingda Ka roller-coaster, as Shane Matus was hit in the eye by a pigeon. Kingda Ka was closed for thirty minutes whilst it was examined, to see what had happened.
According to Mail Online, Shane Matus was hit in the face by a pigeon as he was riding the Kingda Ka roller-coaster at Six Flags, New Jersey. The boy was riding in the front carriage of the world's tallest roller-coaster. This is a freak accident and nothing like it, has ever happened before. The pigeon hit him straight in the face, but due to a car alarm going off, the boy turned his head to have a look. Had the boy not turned his head, then the pigeon would have hit him directly in the eye.
People behind Matus were covered in blood and feathers. The roller-coaster was travelling at a speed of 128mph. Fortunately, Matus only received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to be checked over.
When the accident occurred, the boy was shocked and did not know what had happened. Initially, he thought someone had thrown a ball, but when he saw the feathers and blood, he realized what had taken place. Matus suffered from bruising and scratches on his face as the ride approached the station.
Shane Matus will continue riding roller coasters and has not been deterred. However, he will not sit at the front of a roller coaster, ever again. There has never been another incident like this. According to Ride Accidents website, other theme park accidents include; The La Ronde theme park in Montreal, Canada, a 67 year old mechanic was hit by a roller coaster train when he entered a restricted area and was killed instantly. A 34 year old man experienced a minor injury at a Tokyo DisneySea theme park as he left his roller coaster car and a Ferris wheel bolt injured a girl in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, to name a few.
NBC10 News reports, that Shane Matus suffered pain for about three seconds. It is worrying to think what could have happened if the car alarm didn't make Matus turn his head. The bird could have struck him directly in the eye and blinded him.
Huffington Post reports, Shane Matus is now recovering at home with his parents. Kingda Ka coaster is a 45 story ride, with speeds of up to 128 mph.
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