Cause of Tuscora Park Ferris wheel accident "undetermined"

Posted Thursday, November 30, 2006 9:58 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After a five-month investigation, state investigators have ruled the cause of the Ferris wheel accident at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia this summer as "undetermined." Investigators said there were too many conflicting statements to come to a conclusion. Two children were injured when they fell from their gondola to the ground June 25.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006 6:01 PM
I can see why the investigators can't determine the cause. Saying the kids were "dumped" implies that the gondola was tipped if not totally inverted, which doesn't appear possible. I wonder if the attorney the mother contacted told her she didn't have a case so just don't let the kids say anything. I would think if anyone thought the park were at fault, a suit would have been filed by now.
Friday, December 1, 2006 11:54 AM
The gondola can tip over if something jams between it and the wheel spoke. That's why Geauga Lake has to have inaccessible door latches on their Wheel and Cedar Point doesn't have to have door latches at all: if the door opens outward it can catch on the wheel and flip the gondola.

I don't know how the doors work on the Parker wheel at Tuscora. But it doesn't sound as though the door was open on the offending gondola. Something else must have caused it to seize somehow, or to block the free swing of the gondola...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 2:25 AM
CoasterDiscern's avatar I do not like carnival rides very much at all. Maybe a worthless comment, but I don't.

I'n my city, when the annual fair comes around for the year, which in my city is every september, the guys operating the rides look like they have been drinking for a decade straight and smoked a whole factory worth of smokes. I don't even want to say how many different drugs I think their on.

This has nothing to do with the two kids, however, that ferris wheel we all can see, is like the other rides that travel to city, to city, to city. They are repeatedly put up and down. I do not like going on the rides that are in care of crazy people. In my opinion, any ride that reaches five feet off the ground or higher should all have safety locking devices on them so no accidents happen what so ever. "Period"!

This is a horrible and careless act. This kind of stuff should never happen.


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