State report on Lehigh Acres ride accident
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CREATED May. 30, 2013
Fort Myers, Fla.- Investigators for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a report into a carnival ride accident at the Lehigh Acres Spring Fling that injured three people, all children.
The report raises a number of concerns surrounding the ride.
The rotating ride called the Ring of Fire came to an abrupt stop the night of Tuesday March 19, 2013.
The failure caused damage to the ring portion of the ride and left several sections bent and hanging out.
The inspectors discovered the following: things like safety cables missing or installed incorrectly, missing fastner nuts.
train wheels in bad repair, missing ball bearings or improperly installed grease seals.
There were many warning signs leading up to this tragedy.
Since 2011... as the carnival ride traveled across the state, inspectors recorded deficiencies at 23 different locations.
In fact investigators interviewed former employees who said they "were not surprised to learn of the accident since during their employment the ride was not being properly maintained or serviced."
But, on march 19th, that neglect led to pain and injuries for three young people.
Joe Linnehan is representing one of the injured children, Cody McKinney.
The McKinney family is suing the company that owns the "ring of fire."
Their attorney is not ruling out that the state could also be held accountable and said that "part of the process and requirement of state law its supposed to inspect each time... i'm not really sure that was done."
In the meantime, Linnehan says his young client, Cody, is still requiring treatment from his injuries.