Six children were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after experiencing electrical shocks on a ride at a Connecticut amusement park Tuesday afternoon.
The children had been riding the Scrambler at Ocean Beach Park in New London and were exiting the ride when an electrical current apparently ran through the ride’s metal surfaces. The ride’s operator reported that he also was shocked when he went to turn the ride off.
The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Eastern time. The children were taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Waterford, Conn., for evaluation and treatment. One of the victims suffered from burn injuries to his hands, WFSB Hartford reported. The boy was shocked when he grabbed a bar while exiting the ride.
Investigators with the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the incident, and the section of Ocean Beach Park where the rides are located has been shut until investigators complete the probe and the rides are deemed safe.
Police told the press that the riders of “assorted ages … claimed to have suffered various degrees of electrical shock.”
The incident is the fourth time in nine days that children have been injured on amusement park rides. On Aug. 7, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed when his head collided with safety netting covering an extreme waterslide in Kansas City, Kan. Guests at the Schlitterbahn waterpark that day told the press that the safety harnesses and weight scales weren’t working properly.
On Aug. 8, three girls fell from a defective Ferris wheel at a Tennessee county fair, critically injuring a 6-year-old who sustained a traumatic brain injury.
On Aug. 11, a 3-year-old boy was injured after being thrown from a roller coaster in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data shows there were about 45,000 injuries associated with amusement attractions and water slides nationwide; about 30,000 of these cases involved those younger than 18.
A 2013 study of amusement park injuries by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that 92,885 children younger than 18 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for amusement-ride-related injuries from 1990 to 2010. More than 70 percent of those injuries occurred from May through September.