Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2004 8:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff
After a rider was killed when he flew off the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass. Saturday, Connecticut officials sought to calm the public about the safety of amusement park rides here. They held a press conference at Lake Compounce to assure the public their inspection process is top notch.
Read more from The Bristol Press.
Just when I thought it Could not get Worse
I went to the Ride Accident Report to see what they had to say about yesterdays death and this is what greeted me. Can things get any worse?
Carnival worker arrested, charged with drunkenness after child falls from Yo-Yo
(Saturday, May 15, 2004) - At a carnival in Manchester, Connecticut, a three-year old boy fell from his seat on a Yo-Yo ride. The boy apparently became afraid and wanted to escape. He unlatched his seat belt, left the seat and then clung to the seat briefly before falling to the pavement. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Police say that ride's 34-year-old operator was drunk and refused to cooperate with investigating officers. Police are charging him with reckless endangerment in the first and second degrees, risk of injury to a minor and interfering with police. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.
The man is an employee of Coleman Brothers Shows of Middletown, Connecticut.
Connecticut's WFSB News reported, "The carnival owner isn't saying much about a Yo-Yo ride that injured a child, but he did say that our presence at the carnival killed his business."
The accident was the second at the weekend carnival. On Friday, a wheel fell off a ride called the Ring of Fire. No one was injured.
The Yo-Yo features swings which rotate about a central column that lifts and tilts. It was ordered closed by state inspectors after they found cracks on the seats. Investigators say that the child's fall was not related to a mechanical problem, but that the three-year-old should not have been allowed on the ride. According to the ride's manufacturer, riders must be at least 42 inches to board the ride. Reports indicate that there were no signs posted at the ride informing riders of height requirements.
Add to that, the branch falling, you have to wonder if Connecticutt was not tempting fate? Yet, it is appalling to learn that we may be at the hands of DUI operators at fairs.
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