GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Changes are coming to a ride at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park after a death occurred on the ride last fall. On Friday, the amusement park announced it would completely overhaul the Haunted Mine Shaft drop tower ride.

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The park said changes would come to the queuing line, operator controls, ride structure and restraints. Operators have already gone through new training for all rides at the park.

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In a news release the park announced that drop tower ride modifications include:

• Design changes to the drop tower ride entry, and a re-designed queue area and load station. These changes will open visibility of ride operations to guests before and during entry into the ride loading area.
• The addition of a retractable shoulder seat belt, computer monitored to confirm belt engagement.
• Retractable lap seat belt, part of the new shoulder belt, computer monitored to confirm belt engagement.
• Ride carriage enclosure, moving up and down with the ride carriage, creating an elevator-type enclosure.

Last September, 6-year-old Wongel Estifanos died after not being properly restrained. No one faces charges in her death.

Wongel Estifanos

Wongel Estifanos (credit: GoFundMe)

Jeff Todd