Tyre Samson identified as 14-year-old ICON Park Orlando victim who fell to his death from world's tallest drop ride

THE 14-year-old boy who died after falling from the world's tallest drop ride has been identified.

Police identified the young man as Tyre Samson, who was visiting from his home in Missouri.



Cops received reports of an emergency at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida just after 11pm local time on Thursday.

Witnesses said that a rider had fallen off the Orlando Free Fall attraction, Fox35 reports.

Footage uploaded online shows the operator talking with riders before they take off into the air.

As the ride starts, the worker yells: "Hey did you take your seat belt on the left side. Seat belt."

The thrillseekers on board then start rotating up the illuminated column.

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They rise hundreds of feet above the ground before plunging at a rapid speed.

A 14-year-old boy fell from the ride and was taken to hospital where he died.

Montrey Williams told Fox35: "At first we thought it was a piece of the ride or whatever until we got a little closer and it was a person laying on the ground.

"Everyone was just panicking and screaming."

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ICON Park has not yet commented on the tragedy.

The Orlando Free Fall stands at 430 feet and a maximum of 30 thrill-seekers can go on the ride.

It's not clear how many riders were on the amusement park attraction at the time of Thursday's incident.

It's the world's tallest free-standing drop tower, according to the ICON Park website.

Thrillseekers are rotated around a tower as they rise up into the air.

They are then tilted at a 30-degree angle before plunging nearly 400 feet at speeds of around 75mph.

The Orlando Free Fall ride opened on December 28 last year.

ICON Park is also home to the Orlando Slingshot – the tallest slingshot ride in the world.

And, the theme park's StarFlyer attraction claims to be the world's tallest swing ride.

Jacob Kaminsky, 21, fell to his death while inspecting the ride in September 2020.

He was climbing up the tower part of the ride as he carried out a safety check, according to the Orlando Legal Examiner.

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But, Kaminsky fell backward onto a platform below.

The Sun has approached ICON Park for comment.

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