On Monday three young girls were dropped somewhere in between 30 to 45 feet from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee.
Local police cited that a mechanical issue was what caused the traumatic accident that left a 6 year-old girl with a severe brain injury and the other two in the hospital.
Witness Gregory Lynthacum recalls seeing the tragic accident occur.
“One fell bounced off, the other fell immediately behind, bouncing off and then hitting the concrete” Lynthacum said.
With rides becoming bigger and faster from year to year, ride safety has become an increasingly large concern for park goers.
This year’s Texas Forest Festival in Lufkin is next month and the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Jim Johnson said they have a strong relationship with the company that helps put on the carnival from year to year.
“The Texas state forest festival contracts with an independent company to do our carnival at the forest festival every year. The carnival company we’ve been working with for over five years now and we’ve been happy to work with them so far.” Johnson said.
Both parties know how important safety concerns are for attendees and that’s why there is a strict set of guidelines and protocols in place when it comes to hosting events such as the forest festival.
“The company we work for has their rides independently inspected by the state of Texas, so there’s a process they go through though the state. They also do daily ride inspections on sight.” Johnson said.
With two tragic park-related events making headlines this week. It’s more important than ever to ensure the safety of guests who will be attending next month’s local festival and carnival.
“I think anytime you’re opening up something to the public, we want to make sure the forest festival continues to be a family friendly event that’s safe and we work with a company that is going through the proper procedures on that end and we want to ensure that everybody out there at forest festival has a safe and fun experience.” Johnson said.
The Texas State Forest Festival is next month from September 21st to the 25th
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