12 Injured After Beech Bend Amusement Park Ride Topples Over
At least 12 people were injured when a swing ride at an amusement park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, toppled over.
Eight people were transported to the ER at The Medical Center at Bowling Green.
As reported by Bowling Green Daily News, the swing called the Jitterbug “toppled” over, causing riders to crash to the ground, while several remained trapped in their swing seats when the ride was stopped.
The Medical Center Emergency Medical Services ambulances responded to the Beech Bend Amusement Park at around 6 p.m. Saturday. Eight riders were taken to the hospital for treatment.
The sheriff’s office spokesman, Stephen Harmon, said that the Jitterbug ride had “turned over.”
“We responded with EMS, fire and emergency management to Beech Bend Park for the swing ride,” Harmon said.
Warren County Rescue Department Interim Chief Vince Willingham was reportedly at the amusement park with his 3-year-old child at the time of the accident. Willingham said that it was only when the ride came to a stop, completely turned on its side, that he realized what had happened.
“I heard a bunch of crashing. I didn’t see anything until it had stopped. The whole swing was toppled on its side. When I got there, there were still three people in their seats that couldn’t get out. It just looked like it had fallen on its side,” he said, as reported by Inquisitr.
“The people on the ride were shaken up,” Willingham said. “Several of them had family members who were upset because they didn’t know how bad the injuries were.
The people injured were “alert and responsive,” he said.
“For as many people as there were on the scene, it was pretty well controlled,” he further said.
According to WKYT, the state agency responsible for overseeing the rides at the amusement park will be investigating the cause that led to the Jitterbug to topple over.
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