Teen injured in ride accident at Kentucky State Fair

Posted Sunday, August 29, 2004 11:41 PM | Contributed by Outlane

A 14-year-old boy is in stable condition after he was caught underneath an Afterburner ride at the Kentucky State Fair. Inspectors say a 14-year-old boy, who was not on the ride at the time, crawled underneath the ride from the side to pick something up off the ground. He then got caught as the floor was lowering.

Read more and see video from WAVE/Louisville.

Monday, August 30, 2004 12:10 AM
What makes me sick is that his family will sue Cumberland Amusement's for his stupidity, and they'll win!

stupid people ruin it for everyone!

I nominate him for a darwin award!

Monday, August 30, 2004 12:21 AM
What is it with everybody getting caught underneath these rides?

Monday, August 30, 2004 12:53 PM
Accessibility to ride areas is a problem that carnivals have, but a little common sense goes a long way also. The person to feel sorry for is the operator who was attacked by angry patrons. I hope he's in OK shape.
Monday, August 30, 2004 1:15 PM
Why does it seem like this is becoming all to commonplace on midways? Someone (usually between the ages of 8 and 14) gets injured and the family will sue. There seems to be a pattern of either stupidity or a sceme to get rich quick. I can see it now "Timmy, come give me a hug before you crawl under that ride, and be careful only to get mamed..."
Monday, August 30, 2004 3:48 PM
Right. The kid wanted to wind up in the hospital. It's just a case of bad judgment, nothing more.
Monday, August 30, 2004 4:25 PM
According to WHAS News, barriers were put up around the access areas of the ride following the accident.

It is true that many accidents are caused simply because of guest misbehavior, however it is also important to know that there are thousands of ways to prevent someone from making life-threatening mistakes.

Monday, August 30, 2004 10:30 PM
Just to clear it up, Afterburners do come with skirts that line the sides of the ride between the trailor ends. These are to prevent what happened here, I assume they were installed as if they weren't, everyone would have been able to see the drop floor from the underside. He would have had to move, remove, or slide under these skirts to get into the area he was in.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 7:50 PM
You'd think a 14-year-old would have better sense than to crawl under a moving ride, should've asked the operator or something.

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