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Orlando amusement park ride horror: Father of deceased teen speaks out

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The father of a 14-year-old who tragically fell to his death from an Orlando amusement park ride on Thursday is speaking out.

Tyree Sampson was visiting Orlando’s ICON Park on Thursday night from St. Louis, Missouri, with a football program when he unexpectedly fell off of the Free Fall ride while it was in motion.

Amusement park visitors were in shock after seeing a teenage boy die after falling off of one of the park's rides.

Amusement park visitors were in shock after seeing a teenage boy die after falling off of one of the park’s rides.
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“When the ride took off, that’s when he was feeling uncomfortable. He was like, ‘This thing is moving.’ … That’s when he started freaking out,” the boy’s father, Yarnell Sampson, told FOX 35 Orlando. “He was explaining to his friends next to him … ‘If I don’t make it down … please tell my mom and dad I love them.’ For him to say something like that, he must’ve felt something.”

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He added that “this should never happen” to another child “ever again.”

The 14-year-old “had a bright future,” his father said. He was an “honor-roll student” and wanted to play in the NFL.

Sampson was 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed 330 pounds, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tyree Sampson (FOX 35 Orlando)

Tyree Sampson (FOX 35 Orlando)

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Yarnell Sampson also told FOX 35 that it took 10 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of the accident after a 911 call was placed just before 11:15 p.m. ET. Authorities transported Tyree to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 

His father said he plans to find out exactly what led to his son’s horrifying death.

Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.



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Austria to begin checks at border crossings with Slovakia to stop migrants

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Austria announced Wednesday that it will start checks at its border crossings with Slovakia, following a similar decision by the Czech Republic, in a move that’s aimed at keeping migrants from entering.

The measure becomes effective at midnight Wednesday, the Austrian government said.

The Austrian interior ministry said the border controls are a response to the Czech Republic’s announcement, a day earlier, of controls on its border with Slovakia starting Thursday, and aim to ensure that human traffickers do not use Austria as an alternative.

“We have to react before the smugglers react,” Austrian Interior Minister Gerhard Karner told public broadcaster ORF.

Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia all belong to the European Union’s visa-free Schengen zone where people can normally cross borders without getting checked. However, temporary border controls have repeatedly been reinstated in the past, whether to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic or to stop migrants from entering illegally.

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Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer told reporters later on Wednesday that he would meet Hungarian President Viktor Orban and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic next week to discuss the issue of migration.

“The states are not doing this for their own sake, but to fight organized crime and smuggling and to reduce the pressure from the borders,” Nehammer said in Vienna.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, above, addresses the media during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Vienna, Austria, on July 28, 2022. Austria announced that it will start checks at its border crossings with Slovakia in a move aimed at keeping migrants from entering.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, above, addresses the media during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Vienna, Austria, on July 28, 2022. Austria announced that it will start checks at its border crossings with Slovakia in a move aimed at keeping migrants from entering.
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Austria introduced controls along its borders with Hungary and Slovenia in 2015, when more than 1 million migrants from war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan entered the European Union. The Alpine country has repeatedly extended those controls, which remain in place.

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Back then, only about 8,500 migrants were detained in the Czech Republic, while this year so far 12,000 migrants have been detained, the Czech interior ministry said, adding that most of them were Syrians. A total of 125 human smugglers have been arrested in the Czech Republic this year, a significant increase compared with the previous years.

Most migrants don’t want to stay in the Czech Republic or Slovakia, but travel through them to reach wealthier places like Germany, Sweden or Austria.

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The Austrian border controls will initially be enforced at 11 crossing to Slovakia for 10 days.



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