According to CNN.com, 18 people were injured when a ride at the Norwalk Oyster Festival in nearby Connecticut lost power. The ride, called the Zumur, is a large machine that spins swings around a center point. When it abruptly stopped, the riders were sent forcefully down and crashed into one another.
A total of 12 children and one adult were taken to local hospitals. Several others were injured but declined further medical treatment.
“It was a big boom, a big crash, three or four times over,” explained one witness. “They slammed into the base of (the ride) and then you heard a whole bunch of screaming.”
The owner of the ride, Stewart Amusement, said the ride had been inspected only two days before the accident occurred.
“Preliminary investigation is that the Zumur swing ride suffered a mechanical malfunction,” said the company in a statement. “We are continuing to cooperate with authorities as they investigate the root cause of the accident.”
While amusement parks are generally safe, accidents do happen with surprising frequency. Between 1990 and 2010, CNN reports, more than 92,000 children were injured in amusement park accidents. That averages out to more than 4,000 injuries each year.
Part of the problem, people say, is that safety guidelines vary from state to state. Six states (AL, MS, SD, NV, WY, and UT) have no oversight at all, making it even more evident that the companies responsible for managing amusement park rides must be held accountable for their safety.
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