5yr old boy falls off ride at carnival

Saturday, May 15, 2004 11:30 PM
A 5 yr old boy fell off a ride called the yo-yo it's a swing ride at a carnival run by Coleman Bro's shows in Manchester, Ct.at 10pm tonight. Last night at the same carnival a wheel fell of a ride called the ring of fire a looping coaster type ride.
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Saturday, May 15, 2004 11:44 PM
This just shows that the days of the traveling carnival escaping the regulations still exists.

Or that 5 year olds are flexible and unbuckle themselfs.

Guess we will have to wait and see. *** Edited 5/16/2004 1:04:02 PM UTC by Dane186***

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:26 AM
Actually, it shows that we need to hear the entire story before assuming anything.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:30 AM
Excellent point, PhantomTails.

How in the censored does a kid fall off of a Yo-yo??

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 7:58 AM
My guess is that he undid the little belt that comes between the legs & snaps on the metal bar to hold you in, and just slipped right out.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 8:33 AM
Wow...I am one town over from Manchester, CT.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 10:05 AM

Dane186 said:
This just shows that the days of the traveling carnival escaping the regulations still exists. Guess we will have to wait and see. *** Edited 5/16/2004 1:04:02 PM UTC by Dane186***

correct me if i'm wrong, doesn't the government already regulate moving carnivals???

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 10:20 AM
First, we don't know what happened here. There hasn't even been a new article posted.

While the CPSC has authority over traveling carnivals, they do no inspections or do anything else of a preventative nature before an accident happens. They only act after an accident occurs. They will probably investigate this accident, issue a report, and make recommendations for corrective actions for rides of this type. Obviously, this kind of government control is very limited in it's effectiveness.

Actual inspection of carnival rides is a state by state issue. In some states it is done well, in some states it is not well done, in some states it is not done at all. In any case they inspectors cannot be a every ride every minute of the day, so much of the responsibility for safety has to rest on the ride operator.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 11:34 AM


How in the censored does a kid fall off of a Yo-yo??

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


Maybe he was 5'2" and weighed 240lbs.....

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 1:39 PM
Like I have said in the past, five year olds are a lot bigger than they used to be. Chance states that the minimum height is 42" which IMO is too short. I have seen three year olds that are that tall. I'd want to hear more details on this incident. *** Edited 5/16/2004 5:50:52 PM UTC by Dutchman***
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 2:54 PM
It was a 3yr old boy and the operator was drunk according to this article.

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/state/hc-16124409.apds.m0550.bc-ct-brf--may16,0,3719340.story?coll=hc-headlines-local-wire

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 3:12 PM
If that article is correct, I hope that guy gets a severe punishment.

Another question that does bother me, are 3 year olds allowed on a ride like that? I have a three year old, and I would be very reluctant to let her on.

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