Teen girls fall from Sizzler carnival ride, one dies

Posted Monday, May 2, 2016 8:16 AM | Contributed by LostKause

A 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl were ejected from the spinning "Sizzler" ride in the parking lot of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in El Paso, which was hosting a "Dia De Los NiƱos" carnival, said El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo.

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Monday, May 2, 2016 3:13 PM

The same type of ride had an accident in fremont michigan. One of the cars just popped off the ride while it was in motion. But, luckily nobody was hurt. Those rides seem to have problems. I was working for Forrow amusements, when their scrambler's lights came loose, and fell into the ride, and sent glass flying everywhere.

People had glass sticking out of their faces, arms, and legs. It was really a scary thing. The city tried to have the ride closed. But, instead allowed farrow to run the ride, but, had them remove the remaining lights from the ride, so there would not be another accident. Nobody was seriously hurt. Though someone else had a heart attack on the swinging ship the same day!

Monday, May 2, 2016 9:12 PM

It sounds to me like the ride was running too fast, and the forces pulled them so hard to the side of the ride vehicle that they were flung out. It could have been a malfunction or it could have been the operator acting stupid.

Monday, May 2, 2016 11:10 PM

For what ever reason, Sizzler's seem to have a checkered safety record, to the point that it appears that the number of them on the road has shrunk considerably over the last few years. The ones that I've seen didn't instill a whole lot of faith in their soundness.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 1:07 AM

We've had a new-ish Super Sizzler play the Ohio State Fair the last two or three years, and I was surprised to see it. Wisdom seems to be producing more crappy Himalaya rides and those Tornado swing/spin rides these days than anything. Although I'm not aware of a checkered past, it's true they are a rarity anymore. The best Sizzler ever is the one at Beech Bend. Good lord, that ride is fast.

Anyway, I'll take a Merry Mixer over all of em.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 3:03 PM

This thread is making me hungry

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 3:13 PM

This is awful but really curious about the safety aspect of these rides. The Scrambler has been around since the 50s, the Sizzler since at least the 70s and have been fairground and park staples since then. It wasn't until the early 2000s that we started hearing about people being ejected from the rides, usually small kids. It seems to happen somewhere at least once a season.

I'm assuming the ride design is more or less the same so if there was a safety issue it should have surfaced from day one unless they've sped them up. Are people freaking out and standing up? Possibly attempting to change seats due to squish issues? It just seems weird that a super popular ride model suddenly develops a sketchy safety record 30 or 40 years after it's debut.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 3:56 PM

Le Monster said:

It wasn't until the early 2000s that the Internet became a thing.

Fixed that for you.

(In other words, this has probably always been happening, but it's only recently that it is easy to hear about it.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 8:08 PM

Jason Hammond said:

This thread is making me hungry

A girl died, another girl is crippled, and the third is going to have PTSD as a result of this horror. And you're cracking jokes....Jeff, add a downvote button to your forums, please.

Last edited by bjames, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 8:28 PM
Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:51 AM

Yeah, you're right. Sorry about that.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 7:08 PM

We're all capable of going too far sometimes.

Last edited by bjames, Thursday, May 5, 2016 7:08 PM
Thursday, May 5, 2016 8:17 PM

For what it's worth, you weren't even close to my "too far" line, Jason.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:57 PM

I think humor can be used to release the tension of a serious topic. It's used that way in movies and books all the time. I didn't laugh, but I wasn't offended either.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 10:27 PM

Besides, this is the greatest Sizzler related anything, anywhere:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 11:35 PM

Wow, the food version of "God Bless the USA." This is amazing in so many good and bad ways.

Friday, May 6, 2016 9:37 AM

Lord Gonchar said:

Besides, this is the greatest Sizzler related anything, anywhere:

I can't help but think of the reference in "White Men Can't Jump."

Saturday, May 7, 2016 8:10 PM

"Dark humor is like food... Not everyone gets it."

-Some internet meme


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