A 10-year-old girl was killed after being ejected from an amusement ride the night of Oct. 12. According to a report in the Daily Journal, state police say the girl was flung from the amusement ride “Xtreme” at the annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival. She sustained major injuries in the fall. The girl was airlifted to a regional hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Several children reportedly saw the girl take the fall. Our hearts go out to the family of this child for their terrible loss.
Officials said Skelly’s Amusements, which provides the rides at the four-day festival, has handled rides for the event for three years. A spokesman for the company said this was the first fatal for the company in all these years. In a Facebook statement the company announced that it is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the state police and the Carnival and Amusement ride unit with the Department of Community Affairs.
The entire amusement area was shut down after this incident. The DCA later cleared Skelly’s to operate all other amusement rides at the festival except for the “Xtreme” ride. But the company opted not to operate the other rides. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
According to a study published in the journal, Clinical Pediatrics, between 1990 and 2010, 92,885 children under the age of 18 were treated in U.S. emergency departments for amusement ride related injuries. More than 70 percent of the injuries occurred during the warm summer months of May through September, amounting to over 20 injuries a day during these months. The most common injuries suffered by children in ride accidents include head and neck injuries, arm injuries, facial injuries, soft tissue injuries, strains and sprains, cuts and fractures.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) points out that rollercoaster deaths are extremely rare. Their 2017 Ride Safety Report that surveyed U.S. and Canadian amusement facilities found that there were 0.62 injuries per million rides in 2017. An estimated total of 1,035 injuries took place on rides during the same year with about 10 percent of the injuries requiring immediate hospitalization for over 24 hours. Most injuries happened on family and adult rides, followed by roller coasters and children’s rides.
A 2013 study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital researched injuries in children in relation to rides at fixed-site amusement parks, mobile rides at fairs and festivals, and rides found at local malls, arcades, stores, or restaurants. In these accidents, head and neck injuries were the most common followed by arms, face and legs. Soft-tissue injuries were also the most prevalent followed by strains and sprains, cuts and broken bones.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
There are a number of parties that may potentially be held liable for the injuries and losses that occur in these types of tragic accidents. It is important for the investigation to look into why the accident occurred especially whether the lack of maintenance on the part of the ride’s operator or an error on the part of the operator was a factor. In such cases, the ride operator, carnival operator, property owner and other involved parties may be held liable.
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