Ride company set up for another fair after last week's accident - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Ride company set up for another fair after last week's accident

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As fair season continues in Connecticut, extra eyes are on fairs and carnivals after the swing ride accident at Oyster Fest last weekend.

Police said 18 people, including a dozen children, were injured when a popular amusement ride malfunctioned at the Norwalk Oyster Festival on Sunday.

The Zumar Swing Ride at the festival suddenly stopped in mid-air, which set off a chain reaction with kids suspended in the air and crashing into each other and the ride, police said.

The 20th annual Septemberfest at Our Lady of Assumption in Fairfield begins Friday. The same company, Stewart Amusement, that was responsible for the rides at the Norwalk Oyster Festival, as well as at the Our Lady of Assumption. 

Officials along with the owner of Stewart Amusement looked over and inspected about a dozen rides on Friday. All the rides passed inspection.

The Zumar Swing Ride used at the Norwalk festival is temporarily out of commission. The ride is being inspected by its manufacturer. They'll need to pull it apart to find out what happened.

"This company has done quite a few events in this community. We have a strong working relationship with this company," said Fairfield Fire Chief Schuyler Sherwood. "They have an excellent safety record."

Richard Stewart, who owns Stewart Amusement, did not return calls from WFSB.

At least one Fairfield mother said she is relieved the Zumar Swing Ride won't be at Septemberfest, but will need to think hard about what she'll let the kids do Friday night.

"My husband and I still need to communicate before we attack the rides," said Kristen Schopps, who has two young kids.

The annual Septemberfest is open Friday 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 to11 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m. For more information about the event, call 203-333-9065.

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