Investigation Continues Into Deadly Roller Coaster Accident

July 9, 2011 Updated Jul 9, 2011 at 11:50 PM EDT

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Investigation Continues Into Deadly Roller Coaster Accident

July 9, 2011 Updated Jul 9, 2011 at 11:50 PM EDT

DARIEN CENTER, NY ( release / WKBW ) Less than 24 hours after a roller coaster accident claimed the life of Gowanda native and Iraq war veteran Army Sgt. James Hackemer, Darien Lake General Manager Chris Thorpe issued an update Saturday afternoon that was obtained by Eyewitness News.

STATEMENT FROM DARIEN LAKE THEME PARK RESORT

Darien Center, NY (July 9, 2011 3:00 p.m.) – Darien Lake Theme Park Resort is truly saddened by the incident that occurred yesterday (
( Friday ) on the Ride of Steel. The park is working closely with state and local authorities and expects to provide further information, in partnership with appropriate agencies, once the investigation has been completed. There is no way to predict how long the process will take but the family, our guests, and our team members can be confident that it is being undertaken with all due diligence.

“On behalf of Darien Lake, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of U.S. Army veteran James Thomas Hackemer,” said Darien Lake Theme Park Resort General Manager Chris Thorpe. “We are all brokenhearted by this tragic accident and will continue our support of both the family and the investigation.”

Support is being provided internally to any team member impacted by the incident. Guests who were at Darien Lake and witness to the incident on Ride of Steel are encouraged to contact the park to provide information or seek assistance by calling 585-599-5120 or emailing support@godarienlake.com.