POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 9:20pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 9:49pm
SHREVEPORT, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 UPDATE: The state fire marshal, Butch Browning, says human error is the reason behind an accident that injured a four year old boy.
Browning says the ride had two safety features. But one of them, a key that prevents the ride from starting, wasn't in.
Browning says a child pushed the button and started the ride, causing four year-old Sheldon Lewis to fall and get trapped on the ride. He's still in critical condition.
ORIGINAL STORY: A four year-old child was critically hurt on a ride at the Shreveport State Fair. That happened just before noon today.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the ride to find out what caused the accident. What we know is that the child was trapped and extracted by Firefighters. The child was take to the LSU Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.
“We are very saddened that this incident as occurred, our thoughts and prayers go out to this child and his family,” Butch Browning, State Fire Marshal, explained. “Our office has experts on scene working with the Shreveport officials to determine the reason why this accident happened, we will commit our full resources to this investigation.”
The ride, called “Twin Ring-Demolition Derby,” was manufactured in 2007. The ride was certified on August 10, 2011 and was inspected on site at the fair location on September 21, 2011.
Investigators are still working to determine if the accident was caused by mechanical, electrical or human factors. For now, Browning has ordered a cease and desist order for the use of the ride until further notice.