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Worker inspecting Florida thrill ride dies after fall



ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A worker doing an inspection on a popular central Florida thrill ride was killed after falling more than 50 feet. Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted that firefighters responded to the Orlando StarFlyer ride early Monday after receiving a report that the 21-year-old man had fallen between 50 and 60 feet. The unidentified workers was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. At 450 feet, the Orlando StarFlyer is billed as the world’s tallest swing ride. Visitors in swings rotate around a pole reaching speeds up to 45 mph. The ride is located on International Drive, the busy tourist corridor in Orlando.

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