injuring 12 children and one adult enough to send them to the hospital, according to Norwalk police.A total of 23 seats were occupied on the swing ride that malfunctioned Sunday at the Norwalk Oyster Festival,
Police released some additional details about the accident, which the state fire marshall and state police continue to investigate.
The "Zumur" ride, a set of swings that rotates, suddenly stopped moving shortly before 2:14 p.m. Sunday (the time a caller first reported the incident to the police department). All but one of the 24 seats on the ride were occupied.
A witness reported hearing a bang just before the ride machine stopped, and the sudden stop seemed to indicate that something jammed inside the machine, according to a police report.
None of the injuries were life threatening. A total of eight people were sent to Stamford Hospital, three to Bridgeport Hospital and one to Norwalk Hospital, according to a police report (this differs from other reports). Five people with minor injuries declined to go to the hospital.
The operator of the machine is 26 years old.
The state fire marshal inspected that ride and all others in Veterans Park just before the Oyster Festival began on Friday. The fire