A 3-year-old girl has been released from the hospital after slipping out of a moving carnival ride in a terrifying moment that was all caught on tape.
It happened Wednesday on the Techno Jump ride at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston ABC affiliate KTRK-TV reported.
A video taken by a parent capturing his own child’s ride on the Techno Jump inadvertently recorded the girl’s fall. Her mother couldn’t fit into the seat so she let the girl, who met the minimum height rule ride, with her brother. In one image, she appears to be slumping in the seat. A few seconds later, as the car sweeps by again, she is seen trying to hold on with her body swinging in the air. Moments later, she was flung to the ground.
The girl — who hasn’t been identified — reportedly suffered a concussion as a result of the incident and her family has hired an attorney.
The ride was briefly shut down Wednesday but was soon up and running again, with rodeo officials implementing new safety rules after the girl’s fall. Young carnival-goers hoping to ride similar attractions now require a “supervising companion” aged 16 or older to ride with them, KTRK reported.
Officials have said the ride operator was not at fault because the girl met the height requirements, and there was no way to know how young she was.
A carnival spokeswoman told the station the ride had passed inspection just the day before.
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