A boy is recovering after he was hit in the face by a bird while riding a roller coaster in New Jersey on Thursday.
The collision occurred as the Kingda Ka coaster, the world’s tallest and fastest in North America at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson was returning to the station.
‘We immediately shut the ride down and notified the state Department of Community Affairs, which is protocol,’ Park spokeswoman Kristen Siebeneicher told the Asbury Park Press.
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‘They cleared us to reopen the ride approximately 30 minutes later.’
The unidentified boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries to his face and neck.
Forty-five-stories tall, the Kingda Ka coaster reaches speeds up to 128 mph.
While the boy was the first reported injury on the ride, he wasn’t the first roller coaster rider to be hit in the face by a bird.
In 1999 Italian super-model Fabio was famously photographed after a goose smashed into his chiselled face leaving him with a bloody nose.
Smashing shot: In 1999 Italian supermodel Fabio was bloodied when hit in the face by a goose while riding a roller coaster at Busch Gardens for a publicity shoot
The long-blonde model was riding the Apollo’s Chariot at Bush Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia for a publicity stunt – surrounded by women dressed as ‘goddesses’ – when it happened.
While left extremely red-faced and in an obviously more serious mood than when he first embarked on the ride, he appeared more cheery about the incident later on, joking about the bird’s own condition.
‘I just send my condolence to the family,’ he laughed to a TMZ reporter.
At least two women behind him were seen with red also on their faces.