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It Sounded Really Bad': 12 Children Injured After Festival Swing Ride Malfunctions (UPDATE: Ride Did Not Fall Over; No Children Hit the Ground)


"I heard...large clanks and saw the swings crashing in to the center of the ride"

(Credit: Twitter/Rob Polansky)

NORWALK, Conn. (TheBlaze/AP) — Authorities say 12 children were injured when a ride at a Connecticut fair suddenly stopped, sending its riders crashing into each other.

Initial reports said 13 children were injured, but Norwalk police say a dozen children and one adult were transported to hospitals after the rotating swing ride at the city's Oyster Festival came to a sudden stop Sunday afternoon. All but one were treated and released.

Officials did not release the age of the lone victim hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

State police say a mechanical failure caused the ride to stop, which sent its occupants careening into each other. They say no riders were ejected from the ride or fell to the ground. Previous reports incorrectly indicated the ride fell to the ground, as did the swing riders.

Troopers with state police fire and explosion unit are investigating the cause of the failure.

Other rides were briefly halted for inspection.

(Credit: Twitter/Rob Polansky)

"I heard...large clanks and saw the swings crashing in to the center of the ride," said John Kydes to The Hour (a Norwalk newspaper). Kyles said he was standing next to the swing ride waiting for his children to exit an adjacent ride. "It sounded really bad but I have to imagine all of the children will be ok."

Here's a report from CNN which includes photos from a witness:

This is a breaking news story; updates will be added.



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