- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A malfunctioning carnival ride at the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo sent a 6-year-old boy to the hospital.

Mother Brandee Godfrey tells WDAY-TV (https://bit.ly/1G9ao9V ) her son suffered bumps and bruises but is fine.

The Murphy Bros. ride is similar to a merry-go-round, with pretend motorcycles for children to ride. The motorcycles are fixed to a platform, but the one Godfrey’s son was on Tuesday came loose. He fell about 2 feet, with the motorcycle landing on top of him.

Fair Association General Manager Bryan Schulz says safety is a priority for officials, and the injury is the first in the 8 ½ years he’s been at the fair.

North Dakota doesn’t require daily inspections of carnival rides. Instead, each ride is certified at the beginning of the season.

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Information from: WDAY-TV, https://wday.com


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