Child among three hurt in fair ride accident
LIVINGSTON - Three people were injured in an accident involving a fair ride late Tuesday evening.
At first, it was reported a child fell from a ride and was taken to the hospital. About 45 minutes after the initial report, officials updated the injured to include two adults. All three people were listed as having non-life threatening injuries.
A witness said in an interview with WBRZ reporter Brittany Weiss, a child became pinned under a small car on a ride designed for children. A picture taken at the scene shows a ride with small vehicles that move around the ride structure in a circle. The people trying to rescue her were also being hit by the ride as it moved around.
"I heard a bunch of screaming... And we looked... They had a little girl under the fire truck. It was running her over," Wade Hutchinson said. "They had several people trying to stop it from the front end, and it was running them over."
Hutchinson said he and others managed to flip the piece of equipment over and pull the young girl up.
"She had blood all over her," he said. "It had run her face over, and she had black marks and blood all over her face."
Hutchinson said the girl appeared to be ten or eleven and said she was in pain.
"She said, 'I'm hurting everywhere.'"
Crews from the town fire department, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and an ambulance were on the scene. The accident happened around 9:30.
Overnight, the State Fire Marshal's Office will investigate the situation. The fire marshal traditionally handles accidents involving amusement rides. A spokesperson for the fire marshal said the ride will be closed until further notice.
This ride shutdown tonight after three people were injured. State Fire Marshall's Office here to investigate. pic.twitter.com/w77t1Q0nzk— Brittany Weiss (@MsBWeiss) October 7, 2015
More about what happened is expected to be released Wednesday.
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