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Teen falls from Hagerstown carnival ride

five injured

June 09, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer

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Carnival fall

A 16-year-old girl was seriously injured when she fell from a carnival ride at the Long Meadow Shopping Center on Monday night, according to Justin Mayhue, deputy fire chief of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department.

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Four people who were on the ground beneath where the girl landed were taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries, he said.

Corey Domer, 16, of Hagerstown, was taken to Washington County Hospital after she fell from the Scat ride at 10:23 p.m. Her condition was being assessed at 11:30 p.m., according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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Mayhue said she had injuries to her mouth and face.

The conditions of the four others were not available.

Domer was aboard the Scat ride when she flew off and landed on a metal awning on a trailer holding carnival games, Mayhue said.

Fire officials at the scene said she traveled about 15 to 20 feet through the air before hitting the awning.

The awning collapsed on impact, injuring four people who were standing nearby, Mayhue said.

Yellow police tape cordoned off the area around the carnival ride and the collapsed awning while witnesses of the accident, some of them in tears, gathered around.

People who had been on the Scat with Domer said although the ride had a safety bar, she kept sliding back as the ride spun around.

The Scat spins around in the center and passengers are seated in two large metal baskets which also turn.

The ride did not reopen after the accident.

It was the first accident since the Maugansville and Longmeadow fire companies began holding the annual carnival more than 10 years ago, a Longmeadow volunteer firefighter said.

This may be the last year the carnival will be held in the shopping center, which has a new owner, he said.

Winchester Amusements, based in Winchester, Va., was hired by the Maugansville and Longmeadow volunteer fire departments to provide the rides for the week-long fund-raising carnival, Mayhue said.

Hagerstown City Police were investigating the accident.

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