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Carnival victim released from hospital

June 11, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

Corey Lynn Domer, the 16-year-old who was fell from a carnival ride Monday at the Long Meadow Shopping Center, was released from Washington County Hospital Wednesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Domer's upper and lower jaws and upper teeth were broken when she was thrown from the Scat ride and flew 26 feet in the air, according to a report by Hagerstown City Police.

She landed on an aluminum awning that collapsed on impact, the police report said.

Domer received about seven stitches on her right arm and seven stitches on her chin from injuries suffered in the accident, the report said.

Four people who were standing beneath the awning when Domer landed were treated at the hospital for minor neck and back injuries and released.

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An inspector with the Maryland Department of Labor and Industry said Tuesday there were no deficiencies in the Scat ride.

The safety belt that had been secured around Domer's waist was still hooked Monday night when the Scat came to a halt moments after she was ejected, inspector Salvatore Sapienza said Tuesday.

Sapienza said he had inspected the Scat and all of the other rides at the Longmeadow-Maugansville Fire Co. carnival Monday morning at the shopping center's parking lot and found all the rides to be operating properly.

Even though the Scat has been determined not to be defective, it will not reopen until investigations by police, inspectors, and insurance company representatives are complete, said David Baer, a Maugansville firefighter and carnival chairman.

"We don't want it to appear that there's a problem with the ride. But we want to make sure everything is completed," Baer said.

All of the rides are shut down when it rains, he said.

The fire companies have held the week-long fund raising carnival at Long Meadow Shopping Center for the past 10 years without incident, Baer said.

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