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Pirate Ship Ride Malfunction Sickens Several at Pennsylvania Amusement Park

Riders on a swinging pirate ship ride at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, amusement park got a little seasick after a malfunction left the ride in motion for several minutes, with no way for the captive passengers to escape. The pirate ship ride malfunction occurred at Kennywood Park, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, where a number of other ride problems have occurred this month, various sources say. According to the Associated Press, the 35-year-old pirate ship ride continued to swing like a pendulum when its brakes failed. Park employees were able to engage a secondary brake system after about 10 ... Read More

No Charges Filed in Wake of Deadly Ohio Fair Ride Malfunction

The inspectors who examined the Fireball ride at the Ohio State Fair hours before it broke apart, throwing one teen to his death and injuring seven others, will not face charges, Ohio officials said. The Ohio Department of Agriculture, which is charged with inspecting amusement rides at state fairs and carnivals, said the four inspectors who approved the Fireball ride as safe before it malfunctioned July 18 did not violate any codes, ABC News reported. “The Fireball and ride operator Amusements of America were in compliance with requirements of Ohio law at the time of inspection,” the Ohio Dept. of ... Read More

Ohio Fair Ride Malfunction Gives Riders Minor Injuries

Another ride malfunction at an Ohio fair left people with only minor injuries, but it put a spotlight on the safety of carnival rides that are disassembled, hauled around the country, and reassembled month after month. The ride malfunction at the Highland County Fair in Hillsboro, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 3 occurred on a ride consisting of two caged cars attached to each end of a vertical rotating arm. Charley Davidson, president of the Highland County Fair, told FOX19 that one of the cars hit the ground “a little hard” as it swung down, causing some of the six people on ... Read More

Ohio Festival Ride Malfunction Injures Two Children

An amusement ride malfunctioned at a Cleveland, Ohio-area festival, injuring two children whose ride car derailed Friday, August 11. According to local authorities, the ride malfunction occurred at the North Ridgeville Corn Festival about 24 miles west of Cleveland. Five children were on a low-speed car track ride when one of the cars left its track and stopped abruptly. News 5 Cleveland reports that two children were injured and an ambulance was required. The nature of the injuries was unknown but they were reportedly minor and no hospitalizations were necessary. The children were examined at the scene, treated, and released ... Read More

Ohio State Fair Death Prompts Lawsuit

The family of a teen killed at the Ohio State Fair when the ride he was on broke apart is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Tyler Jarrell, 18, was riding the Fire Ball ride on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in Columbus July 26 when a full row of seats broke off from the swinging arm of the ride. Mr. Jarrell was hurled high into the air and landed about 50 feet from the ride, The Columbus Dispatch reported. He was killed on impact. Seven others were injured in the ride malfunction. Three of those victims ... Read More

Disaster at Ohio Fair Kills One, Critically Injures Three Others

A ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus has killed one person and injured several others, including three critically, Wednesday evening, prompting Governor John Kasich to shut down all rides in the state until further inspection. The tragic accident reportedly occurred on a ride called the Fire Ball, which spins riders in a circle as they swing suspended from a giant pendulum. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Columbus Fire Division, said the ride broke apart in motion, throwing passengers from the ride. An 18-year-old man was thrown high into the ... Read More

Girl Injured After Tumbling From Indiana Carnival RIde

A 5-year-old girl is recovering from injuries she suffered after falling off a carnival ride in Lebanon, Indiana, and becoming trapped underneath the moving ride. Witnesses expressed frustration and anger to WISHTV Indianapolis over the incident, which they indicated may have been caused by inattention and carelessness of the operator. “We noticed a little girl stand up and before she had a chance to sit back down, the ride operator started the ride,” one witness, whose child was also on the ride, told WISHTV. She said the ride’s operator failed to check that all the children seated in the Clown ... Read More

Six Children Suffer Electrical Shocks On Connecticut Amusement Park Ride

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 ... Read More

Three Girls Tumble From Top of Ferris Wheel At Tennessee Fair

Three girls tumbled 35 to 40 feet from near the top of a Ferris wheel Monday night at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn. The three girls, reportedly from two families, were spilled from their cart after it apparently failed to pivot as it ascended. All three were rushed to a Johnson City, Tenn., hospital, two by ambulance and one by helicopter. They are in serious condition but were responsive Monday night. One witness told Johnson City’s WJHL News Channel 11 that “It was like watching water pouring from a glass.” They bounced off the metal bridging of the ... Read More

Kansas Lawmaker’s Son Killed on World’s Tallest Waterslide

The 10-year-old son of a Kansas state representative died from injuries he sustained while going down a water slide in Kansas City, Kan., touted as the tallest waterslide in the world. Investigators continue to probe the death of Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Scott and Michele Schwab of Olathe, Kan. Mr. Schwab represents the Kansas’s 49th district in the state legislature. The accident occurred Sunday, which was “Elected Officials Day” at the Schlitterbahn water park, on the Verrückt waterslide, a 17-story structure whose name means “insane” in German. The slide requires two to three riders to be strapped into ... Read More