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Teen Dies After Arm Severed By Roller Coaster Car

September 3, 1985

EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ A 18-year-old amusement park worker who climbed onto a roller coaster to retrieve a passenger’s hat was killed when one of the ride’s cars severed his arm, authorities say.

Frank Guzman died Monday night in surgery at Beaumont Army Medical Center about three hours after the accident, El Paso County Sheriff’s Lt. Jack Marshall said.

A hat worn by one of three passengers on the ride blew off as the car approached the top of the 47-foot ride at Magic Landing amusement park east of El Paso, the officer said.

Guzman, the ride’s operator, climbed up the roller coaster to retrieve the hat. He was on a catwalk near the top and reached for the hat, which was on the track, when the car ran over his left arm, Marshall said.

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