COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — An 11-year-old Collierville boy who is visually impaired is in stable condition after a rollercoaster accident in Branson, Missouri.
FOX13 spoke with the boy’s grandmother, Shelandra Ford, who said she wants answers after he fell from the rollercoaster.
She said the boy, Aalando Jevon Perry, was trapped for nearly two hours before being airlifted to Mercy Trauma Unit in Springfield.
Perry is a student at Tara Oaks Elementary in Collierville.
Ford, the Register of Deeds for Shelby County and Perry’s legal guardian, said he was riding on The Branson Coaster Sunday when he fell out.
According to a post from the Branson Professional Firefighters Local 152, rescue crews worked for about an hour and forty minutes on the “very difficult” rescue.
His grandmother says Perry thought the ride was over so he stood up to get off but it wasn’t and the cart restarted again.
Both of his legs were crushed and his right arm and knee were broken, she said.
“He told me, ‘Grandmother, I’m a good kid. I’m a good child. Why did this happen to me?’ It just breaks my heart to see any child to have to go through this or experience this,” she said
She says her grandson has already had several surgeries, but now they’re concerned that his legs may have to be amputated.
Ford says her grandson is blind in one eye and has limited vision in the other.
She says her older grandson would normally accompany him on rides, but Ford said the ride attendant assured them, Perry would be okay riding by himself.
“At that time the ride attendant should have made a better judgment call because clearly, you can see that Aalando, his eyes are shut. He’s visibly blind but I think the ride attendant should have let Amari accompany him on the ride or either not even let the kids get on the ride period,” she said.
FOX13 reached out to the owners and operators of the Branson Coaster, but we haven’t heard back.
Perry is in intensive care at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri but Ford says the goal is to transfer him to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to be near friends and family.
“Lots of prayers and support. All you can do is pray and I’m a strong believer that God has the last say so,” Ford said.
The Missouri State Fire Marshal is investigating the accident. The rollercoaster has been shut down.
According to the amusement park’s Facebook page, the park is temporarily closed.
Wednesday evening Shelandra Ford said medical personnel were prepping to airlift Aalando to Le Bonheur and shared this photo.
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