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Carnival ride injures two workers

Spencerport, N.Y. - Two workers were injured taking down a ride featured at Saturday's Volunteer Firefighters carnival in Spencerport. The partially dismantled ride cannot be removed fully until it is repaired.

"I've done this for many years and have never had a problem like this," said Dana Peck. For 30 years he has run Midway Rides out of Utica. 13 Wham News reached him by cell phone as he was returning their Monday afternoon.

The 90 foot tall "Grand Wheel" ride carries patrons on 14 gondolas. Peck operated the ride during the carnival. "I personally ran the ride all weekend," he said. "It ran flawlessly and will run flawlessly."

The problem occurred Sunday as workers were tearing it down. It moved suddenly and two workers fell about 15 feet. The workers were not seriously injured.

Spencerport Fire Chief Doug Chase attended the carnival and then later, on duty, was called to respond to the incident involving injured workers. "One drove himself to the hospital, the other was transported by ambulance with a shoulder injury," he said.

Peck says it was a mechanical issue with a process that is used during set-up and takedown. "It was a relatively small problem that is being attended to. It's the equivalent of a flat tire," he said.

Patrons were never in danger. "The ride itself was not compromised. It would not have created a problem for the patron because it (occurred) in the take-down process," said Peck.

"No one should be left with the impression that the ride was unsafe or anyone who rode it was in danger of being hurt," said Chief Chase.

As of late Monday afternoon, the ride was surrounded in yellow caution tape. It cannot be dismantled until the damaged part is fixed or replaced.

Midway Rides is well respected and provides entertainment for a number of Rochester area carnivals and festivals. Peck says he is thankful that his employees will be okay.

"This is not something we're accustomed to - having this problem. I'm glad my men are doing fine," he said.


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