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Child falls from roller coaster at Pennsylvania amusement park

LINGONIER, Pa. -- A boy has fallen from a classic wooden roller coaster at a western Pennsylvania amusement park.

A spokesman for Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park near Ligonier says the child fell from the ride Thursday afternoon.

A Westmoreland County emergency dispatcher says the child was conscious and airlifted to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, about 50 miles west.

Park spokesman Jeff Croushore would not say how the boy fell from the ride but that it happened on the coaster's middle section, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

Croushore said he doesn't know the boy's condition. Croushore said he couldn't say whether the ride malfunctioned or if horseplay was involved.

The Rollo Coaster opened in 1938 and takes riders up, down and around a wooded hillside. It doesn't require seatbelts, and children under 4 feet tall must be accompanied by an adult.

The accident comes four days after a 10-year-old boy was killed as he rode a waterslide at a Kansas water park.

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