An accident in Ohio recently left one person dead and seven injured. The accident, at the Ohio State Fair, involved a ride called the Fire Ball, a swinging, spinning machine. As it swung during the fair, a piece broke and sent people flying through the air. The ride has since been banned in several states.
Georgia has its fair share of theme parks and fairs, as well. And our state is no stranger to similar accidents.
Georgia Theme Park Accidents
- In 1984, a ride malfunctioned at Six Flags Over Georgia. The ride, the Great Air Racer, suffered a computer error, which led to cables dropping seats. A total of 34 people were injured during the drop. The same ride suffered another error the same week that led to four hospitalizations.
- In 2006, an unusual electrical accident at Six Flags Over Georgia led to the death of a three-year-old. The child came into contact with a metal rail that was touching an electrical wire and died from his injuries.
- In 2008, two children suffered injury on a motorcycle kiddie ride at the Carroll County Fair Grounds. One of the motorcycles fell off the track, causing a broken leg for one boy and a sprained ankle for the other.
- In 2009, the Six Flags Over Georgia Wheelie ride malfunctioned. The mechanical limit switch was not working, so riders were exposed to an extra five to ten minutes of spinning. Four children became ill.
- In July 2014, a girl developed respiratory problems after swimming in a pool at Hurricane Harbor.
- In 2016, a 13-year-old boy was left dangling from the Zipper ride at the Coosa Valley Fair in Rome. This happened when he slipped out of his harness after the door opened. He managed to hang on until he was rescued.
It’s easy for something to go wrong at an amusement park. These rides are complex, they’re big and they move fast. All it takes is one broken component to cause a serious accident. This is even more true at county fairs and other places with temporary rides that are set up and taken down often. If you suffer injury at a theme park, speak to a premises liability attorney.