Park remains closed as damage cleanup continues

Monday, June 3, 2002

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Amusement park workers on Sunday scrambled to assess and repair damage from a storm that damaged several rides, sent at least 47 people to the hospital and killed one woman.

Kennywood Park, where 105-mph winds sent hail and flying debris for about 30 minutes on Friday, was to remain closed through at least Monday, park officials said.

Meanwhile, Allegheny County officials issued a disaster declaration, freeing up state resources to assist with losses and the clean up costs.

Officials said the storm caused at least $10 million in damage to homes and businesses and cut power to about 60,000 people.

Power was restored Sunday to more than half of the customers affected by the storm that ripped through Pittsburgh suburbs.

A wooden building covering a ride at the park collapsed in the storm, crushing and killing Stephanie Wilkerson, 30. Kennywood officials said at least four other rides were damaged.

At least 8 people hurt at the park remained hospitalized, including a 4-year-old girl with a skull fracture who was upgraded from critical to serious condition Sunday.

About 4,500 customers in the area were without power late Sunday. In some of the worst hit areas, power was not expected to be restored until late Monday or Tuesday, Duquesne Light said. Power to about 60,000 Duquesne Light customers was knocked out during the storm.

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