A Connecticut carnival ride injures 18, mostly children, when a malfunction cut the power to the ride at the Norwalk Oyster Festival this weekend, according to “Fox and Friends” live Monday morning Sept. 9. The swing ride stopped suddenly, throwing people out of their seats and crashing into each other with some falling onto the ground.
NBC Connecticut reports that the accident happened about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Kids Cove section of Veteran’s Memorial Park. Witnesses describe a chaotic scene as adults and children were screaming right after the ride came to a rest.
Witnesses report that parents were knocking the ride barriers over to get to their kids. There was one adult who was injured in the accident with the rest of the injured being children. 13 of the injured were taken to area hospitals and all but one person were released after treatment. That patient was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It is not clear if the person admitted to the hospital is a child or adult.
April Potasz, a witness to the ride malfunction and the horrendous aftermath, said she got one little boy off a swing who had a gash in his leg. It was so deep that "his bone was sort of hanging out," Potasz said. She had been working a concession booth next to the ride and came over to help when the accident occurred.
Sam Razzaia, who witnessed the incident said:
"The children that were on the swings, they were banging off the frames. And some were falling off. I just couldn't believe I was witnessing this."
First reports had officials considering closing down the other rides at the Norwalk Oyster Festival for the rest of the event, but they decided to start the rides back up. All the rides, except the swing ride, started back up around 4:30 p.m., after Police, Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit gave them the green light. All the rides were inspected before they were started up.