At least 13 children were injured when Zumur, a swing ride at the Oyster Festival in Norwalk, CT., malfunctioned and plunged to the ground. The Connecticut Post reported on Sunday, September 9, 2013, that the attraction lost power causing some riders fall an estimated 10 - 15 feet.
Most of the injuries were minor and able to be treated on Oyster Festival grounds. Others who had serious injuries were taken to hospitals in Norwalk, Stamford and Bridgeport.
Norwalk Police Sheriff Thomas Kulhawik said some of the children hit the ground, while some hit other riders and the ride itself.
Ride operator's were ordered by the sponsor of the festival, Norwalk Seaport Association, to shut down all rides until state inspectors completed a safety check. Once the inspection was complete, operators were able to reopen the rest of the rides for the remainder of the day.
The rides were provided to the Oyster Festival by Stewart Amusement Company. The company gave a statement on their business website.
Preliminary investigation is that Zumur swing ride suffered a mechanical malfunction at the Norwalk Oyster Festival. Our first and only concern is for the well-being of those involved and their families. We are continuing to cooperate with authorities as they investigate into the root cause of the accident. ~ Stewart Amusement
Police are still looking into what caused the swing ride to malfunction.
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