18 Confirmed Injured, One Remains Hospitalized in Festival Ride Malfunction [UPDATE]

Flying swings at the Norwalk Oyster Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7. Credit: Leslie Yager
Flying swings at the Norwalk Oyster Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7. Credit: Leslie Yager
Reported by Aaron Leo, with additional reporting by Leslie Yager

Updated Sept. 9, 7:25a.m.
A total of 18 people were injured in the flying swing incident on Sunday. One persons remains hospitalized, according to a police dispatch.

Updated Sept. 8, 9:50p.m.
There is a report that only one victim of the flying swing ride malfunction at the Oyster Festival remains hospitalized, according to a police dispatch.   

Updated Sept. 8, 5:02p.m.
There are reports that two dozen children on the flying swings ride were injured when they were knocked to the ground after the ride malfunctioned. Most of the children sustained minor injuries, though two were more seriously injured, according to a breaking news report form News Channel 12. The Oyster Festival rides have been shut down, according to the report.

F.D. command reports last two patients are being boarded into ambulances. State fire marshal en route to inspect swing set, according to police dispatches at 2:53p.m.

Medics from Darien and New Canaan were dispatched to Oyster Festival. One child may be in critical condition, according to police dispatches at 2:30p.m.

Original story: Sept. 8, 4:26p.m.
Thirteen people reportedly suffered minor injuries and five to 10 more are being treated after a ride collapsed at the Oyster Festival, it was reported Sunday afternoon.

According to reports, the collapse "appears to have occurred after some type of power loss or mechanical malfunction. Norwalk and the state did inspect the ride and it did pass prior to opening."

More details as they emerge.


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