Carnival worker killed by ride in Detroit area

Posted Monday, April 26, 2004 8:06 AM | Contributed by redman822

A 44-year-old Wade Shows Inc., employee from Orlando was working on top of the Crazy Submarine ride at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor, Mich., when another employee offered a 5-year-old child one last swing, not knowing the co-worker was on it. His injuries were so severe that a medical helicopter was turned away.

Read more from WDIV/Detroit.

Monday, April 26, 2004 10:44 AM
Could someone post a picture or describe what this ride is?

Condolences to this mans family AND to the operator, who, whether at fault or not, still has to lives with this for the rest of his life.

Monday, April 26, 2004 1:18 PM
Only 3 miles from my house. I live in the same city as this incident, I am surprised I have not heard of it before now.

These rides have been set up in the Trade Center parking lot for almost a month or more now. Usually these type of fairs are set up for a weekend or a few days. I am not sure of the specifics of what event was going on for so long.

Such and unfortunate incident.

Monday, April 26, 2004 3:30 PM
You can see an image of it on the video in the link posted above. It appears to be a ride like "Scooby Doo's Mysteryville" at SFGAm (which looks like a small version of Trailblazer at SFGAm).

Here is a site/picture i found of it:

Monday, April 26, 2004 5:15 PM
Thanks oncler
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 5:24 AM
That's awful. Condolences to the friends and family of the deceased and to the ride op, who must be devestated.

These kind of accidents always seem particularly tragic, as they are so preventable. Surely a simple lock out procedure would make this kind of thing impossible (short of a mechanical malfunction). Out of interest, can any ride ops out there explain the procedure for closing a ride so that an employee can work on it. Are there standardised regulations, codes of good practice?




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