Officials with Deno's Amusement Park say that a boy was injured Wednesday evening after he jumped off the Sea Serpent Roller Coaster before the ride stopped.
Deno's Amusement Park officials say the 5-year-old boy crawled under the ride's lap retaining bar and jumped off the ride before it stopped.
Preliminary reports were that the boy suffered a large cut to his left leg, according to park officials.
The boy fell five to six feet, according to sources.
Park officials say the boy met the height requirement for the ride.
"The investigation is showing that the lap bar was securely fastened," said Dennis Vourderis, vice president of Deno's Amusement Park. "He just wiggled his way out from underneath it, was frightened, and unfortunately, he sustained some injuries to his leg."
"As I approached the area, it was crowded, and I didn't notice what was truly going on until I looked and saw there was a little boy that was sort of wedged on the track and portioned on the ground," said Leroy Mace, a witness at the scene.
The boy was transported to Bellevue Hospital, according to fire officials.
Park officials say that the Sea Serpent Roller Coaster is an inspected-approved ride, and they said there had never been an incident before Wednesday evening in the ride's 15-year history.
The Department of Buildings inspected the ride and said in a statement, "Our inspectors have conducted an initial inspection on the ride involved in the incident and found no defects with the equipment. The investigation is ongoing."