TANNERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A child fell from a zipline at Camelback Resort in Monroe County Friday and now an investigation is underway into what happened.
Some locals are wondering if this is the latest in a dangerous pattern of incidents involving their equipment. It’s the second incident at Camelback Mountain this year. The resort remains tight-lipped about what went wrong.
They released the following statement to Eyewitness News:
“The resort is working closely with local authorities on an operational review.”Camelback Resort spokesperson
The incident is under investigation by the PA Department of Agriculture division of amusement rides and attractions, according to supervisor Joseph Filoromo. Filoromo told Eyewitness News the equipment is shut down until the investigation is complete.
“It could have been me; it could have been him, my sister, my brother,” a woman identified as Laura of Stroudsburg said.
People in the community are still shocked by a similar incident at Camelback that happened not too long ago.
“Why don’t you want to make the necessary precautions? Especially since it is a kid-friendly place you know? A lot of kids go there,” Laura said.
The child, whose name and condition have yet to be released, marks the fourth person to fall from equipment at Camelback in two months. On March 21st, a father and his two children were seriously hurt when their chair detached from the Sullivan ski lift and fell to the ground. All three were transported to the hospital.
The resort released a statement following the ski-lift incident in March.
“Camelback Resort is working with the appropriate state authorities to investigate yesterday’s incident involving the Sullivan lift. The health and safety of our guests and associates is and remains our number one priority,” resort officials wrote.
Nicolae Munteanu of Stroudsburg says Camelback is a huge part of the community, but locals are seeing a worrying pattern.
“Considering this was the second time in such a short span, I’m kind of scared to go there again,” Munteanu said.
Munteanu says he wants to know how the resort is planning to step up safety measures.
“Invest in the right things, you know what I mean? Stop over-charging people $35 just to breathe there you know what I mean? Use that money toward fixing the machines I would say,” Munteanu said.
Eyewitness News sent a request to the Department of Agriculture to see the most recent inspection reports for the zip-flyer and the zipline. We are awaiting a response.
According to Camelback’s website, all rides undergo daily and monthly compliance inspections.
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