Three children are thrown from Cliff Hanger carnival ride at fair

Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004 7:49 AM | Contributed by Outlane

Three children, ages 7, 11 and 12, were thrown from a ride and injured Saturday at the 80th annual Florida Citrus Festival in Winter Haven, police said.

Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 9:33 AM
Oh man. Someone left a codder pin out. This is one of my nightmares come true. What a horrific experience for the kids, family members and witnesses.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 9:56 AM
Just so everyone knows which ride we are referring to...

It features 10 - three person cars, themed to hang gliders, where riders lie on their stomachs in a pseudo hang glider.

Is there another story out that said something about the cotter pin being missing? From what I can see of this ride, it would not have run without the cotter pin.

Plus on this link ( ) it was inspected three days earlier and that a "manufacturers defect" may have caused the accident.

As does this news story... and in fact in this story's ( ) video clip you can see the state inspector possibly looking at the welds in the arm of the ride.
*** This post was edited by redman822 1/20/2004 10:07:44 AM ***

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 10:29 AM
I'm sorry. That was a guess and not a fact. Either way it is awfully sad.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 11:35 AM
Oh my. I once saw one of these rides at a carnival in Northern Kentucky along the Ohio River. The ride was placed so that riders would fly partly over the water. Could you imagine if a car came loose and flew into the water in that scenario? Scary to think about it. Would the restraints unlock, or would the riders be trapped?

I thought about it when I saw the ride and it kind of freaked me out. It was the only time I was ever concerned for my safety. Then again, it was a traveling ride, so that didn't help.

My prayers go out to all involved.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 11:45 AM
Thats too bad. Dartron rides really had good safty records.
Saturday, January 24, 2004 8:30 AM
Here's a follow-up on one of the victims... The mother didn't have insurance and ran out of funds for treatment and the hospital wouldn't cast the broken arm until a news station got a local doctor to help her out.


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