Man seen hanged from amusement park ride in Utah dies after falling nearly 50 feet to ground

Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah

Google maps The Sky Ride at Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah

A man who was filmed on a merry-go-round at a Utah amusement park has died after authorities said he was injured in a fall from nearly 50 feet.

The fatal incident involving the 32-year-old took place during the Sky Ride at the Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington on Saturday, according to Fox affiliate KSTU and NBC affiliate KSL-TV.

Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen told KSL-TV several people called 911 just before 6 p.m. to report that a man had fallen from the ride.

Similar to a ski lift, Sky Ride is the park’s only form of transportation and “slowly transports guests to and from the north and south ends” of the park, the Lagoon Amusement Park website states.

Before the fall, a witness recorded footage of the man swinging quietly from the ride’s security bar, KSTU and KSL-TV reported. He didn’t appear to be in distress or making an effort to sit up, the video shows.

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The man then fell nearly 50 feet to the ground before being airlifted to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition, Hansen told KSL-TV.

The park confirmed the incident on Sunday, writing in a statement on Facebook: “We are saddened by an unfortunate incident that occurred yesterday on the sky ride. Our hearts are with the family and other associates.”

The next day, police confirmed to KSTU and KSL-TV that the man – whose identity was not disclosed – died of his injuries.

For the moment, it is not known what brought the man down from the merry-go-round.

A spokesperson for the Lagoon Amusement Park told PEOPLE that an investigation is currently underway by the Farmington Police Department.

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The spokesperson also notes that the park has offered the Sky Ride “for years without incident” and that there are “clear written and verbal instructions on the handling of cyclists to ensure the safety of all”.

Park officials told KSTU that the ride did not appear to be malfunctioning at the time of the incident. Police echoed their feelings, telling KSL-TV that the ride appeared to be working fine.

Hansen also reportedly told KSL-TV that the man went to the park with other family members that day, but was alone on the Sky Ride when he fell.

“We don’t know why he did this or what was going on. We just don’t know,” Hansen told the outlet, adding that toxicology testing will be done as part of the autopsy.

A spokesperson for the Farmington Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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