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article imageTilt-A-Whirl Injures Two

By Bob Norman     Apr 10, 2007 in Lifestyle
Pieces of the ride came apart during operation, sending one man to the hospital.
The Coleman Brothers Tilt-A-Whirl won't be spinning tonight after the bonnet on one of the tubs came apart and struck and injured two riders. State inspectors closed the ride pending further investigation.
At around 5:30pm on Sunday the bonnet, the rounded red piece that sits above the riders head, came loose and struck the two people riding in the tub. The male victim was transported to the hospital where he received ten staples in his head to close a deep gash. His adult daughter was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.
Inspectors said that they believe a clamp securing the bonnet might have broken from metal fatigue causing the accident.
Tim Coleman, a co-owner of the carnival, said the ride will remain shut down until replacement parts can be shipped from the manufacturer.
"The ride was inspected before we opened it to the public, so it's just one of those things," Coleman said.
I've both set-up and run Tilt-a-Whirls and this sounds like one of those things that just isn't the shows fault. No matter how careful you are there's always the possibility of mechanical failure.
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