UPDATE: Name, preliminary information released on death at Wisp Resort

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UPDATE (2/24/2020 12:07 p.m.):

McHenry, Md. — The McHenry detachment of the Maryland State Police has released information on its investigation into an incident which caused a guest of Wisp Resort to lose his life last week.

According to troopers, the man involved in the accident has been identified as Harry Congdon, 56, of Baltimore, Maryland.

On the day after the incident, troopers were informed of the incident by a family member of Congdon who inquired about an investigation; however, troopers were unaware of the incident and had not been contacted when the accident occurred, according to a statement by the Maryland State Police.

In their preliminary investigation, troopers said they believe that Congdon, who was riding with another person in the car, removed his safety harness at some point while riding on the Mountain Coaster, which has a brake that can be controlled by the rider. All of the mechanical and safety systems were inspected and shown to be in working order, according to state police.

During the ride, Congdon was thrown from his seat and hit the ground, where he hit the roots of a tree that had been exposed due to recent inclement weather, according to Maryland State Police.

A 911 call was placed, and medical personal responded to the scene to provide treatment; Congdon was eventually flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital via Maryland State Police helicopter and was later pronounced deceased, according to the Maryland State Police’s release.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and more information will be added as it is received.


ORIGINAL (2/21/2020 2:01 p.m.):

McHENRY, Md. — A guest at Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland, died Thursday evening as a result of injuries sustained while using a ride at the complex.

According to an official with Wisp Resort, the guest was riding on the Mountain Coaster when an accident occurred, and he sustained injuries as a result of the accident. The guest was then taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries, the official said.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is currently taking place, with numerous parties — including the State of Maryland and Wisp Resort internal investigators — working together to find the cause, according to the Wisp official.

The official from Wisp also stated that the State of Maryland has performed an evaluation of the Mountain Coaster since the incident, and the inspection concluded with an approval for the ride to resume operation.

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