Ride Worker At W.Va. State Fair Critically Hurt
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) – A ride operator who was hit in the face by a gondola on a ride at the West Virginia State Fair is in critical condition.
Fair manager Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe confirmed the Saturday night accident but did not provide the name or age of the worker.
She tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/pfH451) only that he works for Reithoffer Shows Inc. of Gibsonton, Fla., and that he’s at Charleston Area Medical Center.
Reithoffer concession manager Craig Nelson says it was a human error, not a mechanical failure.
He declined further comment Monday.
The 125-foot-tall ride is called The Speed. It has two arms, with a four-person gondola at the end of each.
The arms spin at 13 revolutions per minute, subjecting the rider to 31/2 times the force of gravity.