20-year-old Klarissa Graves was thrown from an amusement ride called The Fun Factory at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport late Saturday.
Graves was on the ride with her friends when she was thrown 20 ft. She suffered from two fractures of the spine, a fracture near her hip and a torn spleen.
According to the Sky Attractions website, the builder of the Fun Factory, says the ride was built by KMG of the Netherlands. It has a device that lifts the gondola and makes it spin at different speeds as the turntable circles. It is the European version of the American ride, Tilt-a-Whirl.
This year the Louisiana State Fair subcontracted the rides through Sky Attractions as a result of an accident that occurred last year. A ride worker was negligent and left the ride unattended which was started by child, critically injuring a 4-year-old boy.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions says there is a 1 in 9 million chance of being seriously injured on a ride at a fixed-site park.
The Fun Factory ride was shut down once the accident occurred. The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the accident and details are still unknown.
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