Saturday, July 2, 2005 3:19 AM
Can't submit as news right now because I can't find a link but they just showed on a local Chicago news station that a boy was thrown from what appears by what I watched on TV to be a Huss Top Spin. This took place at a carnival in Highland Indiana.
They confirmed that a 9 year old boy was thrown from the ride when it was in the highest position while rotating and died.
I am sure the story will be available online sometime Saturday but just wanted to let everyone know about this tragedy and what appears to be a Huss Top Spin flat ride.
Has there ever been any serious accidents involving this type of ride in the past? *** Edited 7/2/2005 7:20:58 AM UTC by Chitown***
Saturday, July 2, 2005 3:27 AM
Theres only one Top Spin that travels in the US.
The ride is so large, it needs to be transported by train. I can't remember which show it's with, though.
It could be another manufacturer... we'll see.
Saturday, July 2, 2005 4:11 AM
I saw it on NBC a few minutes ago....they never made any mention of what type of ride it was.
Here's a link to the story on thier site: http://www.nbc5.com/news/4677883/detail.html?z=dp&dpswid=2265994&dppid=65195
Saturday, July 2, 2005 7:18 AM
I just saw the story on ABC-7 this morning, too. The ride is the Wind Shear, a top spin from Illinois-based Midwest Midways. The linked article goes into more detail on the incident.
Saturday, July 2, 2005 9:36 AM
Here is the website for the ride in question:
Ride of Steel
Saturday, July 2, 2005 10:53 AM
The only traveling Huss topspin is the one owned by Strates Shows, and yes it does travel by train.
Saturday, July 2, 2005 1:36 PM
Here is another link
We go to this carnival every year. My daughter was there on Thursday and we were on our way there last night when she called her friend to see where they were but were told not to come because someone fell out of a ride and everything was closed.
Saturday, July 2, 2005 3:44 PM
Wow, condolences to the family.
Are the WindShear restraints any different from the TopSpin's, don't *think* I've ridden one...
Saturday, July 2, 2005 4:00 PM
Agreed Bill - not something that any family should go through and my condolences also go out to the family and his grandmother in particular.
I;m not sure of any other instances of this happening with Top Spin rides but there was an accident in Australia some years ago where the entire gondola broke away from the arms and landed on either the line for the ride or on people watching. There were injuries but no fatalities IIRC.
Sunday, July 3, 2005 1:48 AM
As soon as I read the word "died", I said a bad word.
It is very sad. :(
He was freekin 9 years old. These incidents CAN be advioded.
Sunday, July 3, 2005 2:24 AM
Technical Information link from the ride manufacturer's website, which apparently describes the restraints used on this type of ride in more detail: