ATLANTA -- A recent scare for a 7-year-old boy and his mother on the Dahlonega Mine Train ride at Six Flags Over Georgia now has the mom angry and surprised.
For Foster Shearer, Monday was a day he had been looking forward to for a while. He wanted to ride the Dahlonega Mine Train at Six Flags.
And his mother Stephanie was watching.
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"I noticed that he looked very scared so I gave him the thumbs up and he shook his head so and started pointing down to the bar," Shearer said.
Foster was on the train and thought something was wrong.
"Everybody else's bar was down and then they started the ride and I was so freaked out and I was trying to get my mom's attention by pointing down to my lap bar and yelling for the person to stop the ride and pull down my lap bar," Foster said.
Foster's mother said the train had started to go before her screams got attendants to stop the train and put down Foster's lap bar.
But in a prepared statement, Six Flags told 11Alive the train never left the station.
"The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. We investigated the situation described by this guests and the ride was not initiated until all guests were secured safely on the ride," the statement said
"It's not true. I am horrified. It is not true. I am shocked. I'm just shocked and it could have been such a tragic event," Shearer said when she read the Six Flags statement.
11Alive News asked Six Flags for an on-camera interview to explain its training procedures but was told the park could not do it until next week.