Company Slated To Run Midway At State Fair Involved With Ride Accident
Posted August 16, 2002 5:21 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Two people were hurt Thursday at the Ohio State Fair when a ride broke. That ride is owned by a company called Wood Entertainment, but Amusements of America is the main contractor overseeing the midway there. Amusements of America is also slated to run the rides at this year's North Carolina State Fair.
When a bucket seat broke off on a ride called the Re-Mix, two men were tossed crashing to the ground at the Ohio State Fair.
Both men were treated and released at a local hospital. Inspectors believe a weld on the ride gave way. The same ride is scheduled to appear at the North Carolina State Fair this October.
Department of Agriculture Department spokesman Mike Blanton said North Carolina has some of the toughest ride safety guidelines in the country. He said he is still comfortable with Amusements of America running the show.
"It's probably going to be the safest fair that we've ever had. All of the rides are going to be inspected. I also know that Amusements of America is going to bring in an outside safety consultant," he said. "If it's not going to be safe and our Department of Labor inspectors and our fair manager aren't comfortable with it, it won't be here."
Fair goers may recognize the Re-Mix. That type of ride was featured at last year's North Carolina State Fair run by Strates Shows.
WRAL checked with inspectors in Florida, Georgia, and Illinois and found Amusements of America has a good safety record overall.