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Roller coaster decapitates 17-year-old

June 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, authorities said.

Six Flags officials are uncertain why the 17-year-old from Columbia, S.C., scaled two 6-foot fences and passed signs that said the restricted area was off-limits and dangerous to visitors, spokeswoman Hela Sheth said in a news release.

Authorities were investigating reports from witnesses who said the teen jumped the fences to retrieve a hat he had lost while riding the Batman roller coaster, said Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce.

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