Indianapolis, IN Amusement Park Accident, Aug 1928
COASTER TRAGEDY AT INDIANAPOLIS IS INVESTIGATED.
GIRL PASSENGER ON RIDER FATALLY HART WHILE TWENTY-TWO OTHERS ARE INJURED.
Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 26. -- Coroner Charles H. Keever and City Building inspector William F. Hurd today were conducting separate probes into the fatal accident at Riverside Amusement Park, Saturday evening in which a three-car coaster on the sky-rocket jumped the track killing MISS NELLIE WHITE, 18, and injuring 22 other girls.
Sixteen of the injured girls have been removed to their homes from the City hospital.
MISS WHITE'S body has been shipped to Paoli, her former home for burial.
Coroner Keevar in a preliminary report on the accident blamed it on the "gross negligence of the manager of the amusement device."
The girls who were in the accident were members of a picnic party from Wasson's Department store here. All were junior employes such as messenger girls.
Jerry Jones, 59, manager of the Skyrocket was at liberty today on a $2,500 bond pending his arraignment in municipal court before Judge Paul C. Wetter on a charge of manslaughter.
The Skyrocket was closed today. A sign displayed at the entrance stating "This ride is closed in respect to Wasson employes." It was reported, however, that it will be reopened tomorrow.
Logansport Pharos Tribune Indiana 1928-08-27