LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - The state Department of Agriculture is inspecting a carnival ride in Lehigh Acres that broke Tuesday evening and caused injuries to some of its riders.
An inspector was seen on site Wednesday morning, taking pictures and looking at the all of the ride's parts.
According to Lehigh Acres firefighters, five people were on the "Ring of Fire" at the Lehigh Spring Festival when the ride malfunctioned. Two riders were brought to Lehigh Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. The rest refused treatment.
A parent, whose 9-year-old was on the ride, tells WINK News some of the metal pieces on the ride snapped, and the tracks that guide the passenger cart fell down from the top. He says this all happened while the ride was making a complete circle 60-feet in the air.
A spokeperson for the Department of Agriculture says more information will be released once the investigation is complete. In the meantime, the agency says the "Ring of Fire" was last inspected by the state about a week before the accident. It says, after that, it is up to the operator to inspect the ride every day.
Modern Midways, a Miami-based company, is in charge of operating the ride. Contacted on-site and at its headquarters, the company has yet to release a statement.
The "Ring of Fire" will be closed until further notice.
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