- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman was injured on a swing ride at a carnival in Waterville - the second accident in two days.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1faAF2i ) that a woman fell off a seat on the Air Time swing ride Saturday at about 3:45 p.m. while the ride was still in motion.

The woman was taken to Inland Hospital in Waterville with non-life threatening injuries. Her name was not released.

The accident occurred the day after three children suffered minor injuries when the “Dragon Wagon” roller coaster came apart Friday night. The coaster remained closed Sunday.

Fire marshal investigator Kenneth MacMaster told the newspaper that the investigation into Saturday’s accident is ongoing, but it appears rider error - not an equipment failure - may have been the cause.

Jeanette Gilmore, owner of Smokey’s Greater Shows, said Saturday that the accident came as a complete surprise. She said the Maine company has been in business for 60 years and has a very good safety record.

“I don’t know why it even happened,” Gilmore told the newspaper. “I feel very bad that children got hurt, and I’m really sorry about that, but there’s nothing I could do to prevent it.”

She said the Dragon Wagon ride was maintained daily and passed a recent state inspection as well as an independent review for insurance.

Sgt. Ken Grimes of the Maine state fire marshal’s office said all the rides at the carnival were inspected Wednesday and the Dragon Wagon passed that inspection.


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