STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Emergency Services &
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
||Colonel Danny R. Stebbins|
Division of State Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2013
CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE AMUSEMENT RIDE ACCIDENT IN NORWALK
Today, 09/08/13, at approximately 2:30 p.m., State Troopers assigned to the FIRE & EXPLOSIVE INVESTIGATION UNIT responded to a report of an amusement ride accident that occurred in Norwalk. Norwalk Police, Fire and EMS responded to an amusement ride accident with injuries. Several people on board the ride received injury when the ride suddenly stopped.
The ride is described as a swing set-type of amusement ride and was operational when it appears that there was an internal mechanical failure. A total of 23 people were on the ride at the time of the incident; 15 of those were injured and 13 of those 15 were transported to area hospitals (Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport) for reported non-life threatening injuries, while two were treated at the scene. Twelve of the injured were treated and released; one person was kept overnight for further observation and treatment. Injuries ranged from minor contusions to significant lacerations. The ride was secured by local police.
State Police Detectives assigned to the Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit responded to investigate this accident.
State Police Investigators examined the ride and interviewed several witness at the scene. Their preliminary investigation determined that the ride was operational when it suddenly stopped while it was in mid-air. This sudden stopping of the circular motion caused the riders on board the swings to collide with each other. The preliminary investigation also determined that the riders struck each other causing the injuries. It is not believed that any riders were ejected or fell to the ground.
The ride was inspected by Fire & Explosion Troopers examining the entire amusement ride to make an effort to locate the actual cause of this ride failure. Through the investigation, Troopers have determined that an internal component failure in the area of the transmisison involving seizure of bearings caused the ride to stop suddenly.
This investigation is continuing.
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LT. J. Paul Vance
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