Posted Friday, October 25, 2002 4:38 AM | Contributed by Lorrie
A worker at the North Carolina State Fair was killed after being struck and thrown by a ride along the midway Thursday morning. A passenger on the ride was injured. Officials say the ride did not malfunction, but that the man stepped in front of the ride.
Read more from WRAL/Raleigh.
One of the Zamperla reps mentioned to me at IAAPA two years ago that the Hawk is too heavy to transport as a portable ride, actually.
I always feel bad for the families and people involved when stuff like this happens, but a part of me can't help but feel it's Darwin at work.
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Gotta agree with Jeff....sad but true. Jeremy, I also share the "morbid curiosity" gene, but got even more than I bargained for on the recent trip down to South Florida. I won't go into great details here, but there was a SERIOUS accident involving a motor home that flipped and rolled. Since we were going south and all the wreckage ended up in the northbound lanes, we pased by, albeit slowly, and what we saw was beyond grotesque.
bill, still wondering what part of "lock-out area" is confusing....
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This is really stupid on the victims part,according to those who witnessed the accident he had stepped into the rides path to retrieve something on the ground.
If this employee had been properly trained then he should've known to remain behind the barricade or safety gates or whatever protective enclosure the ride incorporates until it has come to a complete stop before going into the ride area to retrieve any loose objects which may have fallen out during operation.
Doesn't this sound somewhat similar to the accident at SFOG in which an employee was killed after entering a restricted area of B:TR while the ride was running,it seems really stupid for someone to enter such an area when they know they may be injured or worse killed as a result.
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Due to the media's propensity to sensationalize, I am always a little leery of what they say. I am going to put 1 and 1 together and say that something they are reporting is incorrect.
If a girl "kicked" the guy and knocked him 50 feet into the air (as the newstation reported) or over top of the neigboring Starship ride (as the article linked above reported), the girl would have suffered more than just a severe bruise. At least a broken foot/ankle/leg would have to occur for someone to be thrown that far.
I believe, from the reports on the news that I heard, he was hit by the seat and the side of her leg was caught between the operator and the seat, no bone was hit, just flesh and muscle.
This is very sad, but as said before why would he go to retrieve something while the ride was in motion?
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Interlocksix~so sorry for your loss. It is nice to know that he was trying to help a child. Although a horrible tragedy. it shows the human nature in us all in wanting to help others.
To the operators of the fair, I have to ask......why are 2 rides so close together?? An innocent man apparently lost his life because of this.
How could he have helped a child ON the ride if it was still in motion? This makes me curious a little, maybe a first year employee, but not a 12 year. I don't know, and I rather stop thinking about it. I'm truly sorry for your loss Interlocksix.
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