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Jeannette boy hurt at Idlewild back home

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, 10:12 p.m.
Declan McClain, 3, of Jeannette fell from a roller coaster at Idlewild Park & SoakZone in Ligonier on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, suffering a head injury.
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Declan McClain, 3, of Jeannette fell from a roller coaster at Idlewild Park & SoakZone in Ligonier on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, suffering a head injury.

A 3-year-old Jeannette boy who was seriously injured after falling from a wooden roller coaster nearly two months ago has returned home from a hospital, according to sources.

Declan McClain tumbled off Idlewild's Rollo Coaster on Aug. 11 while seated with his 7-year-old brother, investigators said.

McClain fell about 10 feet at the Ligonier Township park, suffered a head injury and was taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, officials said.

An investigation is being conducted by Westmoreland County Detectives, the state Department of Agriculture — which oversees amusement park safety — and a third-party inspector.

No one answered Friday at the homes of McClain's mother or father. The parents have not publicly discussed the boy's injuries.

The family doesn't have any comment, said their attorney, Paul Perantinides of Ohio. He declined to answer questions.

About $7,800 has been raised through a GoFundMe account to help the family. The page's creator did not respond to a message.

District Attorney John Peck could not be reached Friday. He previously has said that local investigators were awaiting the completion of the state report. An agriculture department spokeswoman on Friday only would say that the investigation is ongoing.

Park spokesman Jeff Croushore did not respond to a message.

The Rollo Coaster, which opened in 1938, uses a stationary restraining bar for passengers' safety during the ride that moves 10 to 25 mph and reaches a maximum height of 27 feet. Passengers must be 48 inches tall to ride alone or 36 inches tall to ride with an adult, according to Idlewild's website.

The coaster was closed immediately and remained shut down for the rest of the season. Daily operations at the park ended Aug. 26. The park is open weekends this month.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or

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