June 17, 2024

Boy Seriously Injured After Falling Off Moby Dick’s Carnival Ride

  • A 10-year-old boy was seriously injured after being thrown from a carnival ride in Illinois.
  • Moby Dick’s carnival ride throws people up and down, rotating in a circular motion.
  • Said another passenger who was on the same trip NBC Chicago the safety bar on her seat was loose.

A 10-year-old boy was left seriously injured after being ejected from the Moby Dick carnival ride in Antioch, Illinois, on Sunday.

“At 2:40 pm yesterday, July 16, 2023, Antioch Police and Fire emergency crews were dispatched to the Taste of Summer carnival for a child who had fallen from the Moby Dick ride,” said the Village of Antioch Police Department press release Monday. The carnival is an annual event organized by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

The press release said the 10-year-old boy was “severely injured” and had to be airlifted to two different hospitals due to the “extent of his injuries”.

“The child, a 10-year-old boy, suffered multiple facial and jaw fractures and a significant bone injury in one leg. As far as the police department has learned, he did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, ” read the press release.

A boy named Elliot Johnson, who also rode the Moby Dick, told NBC Chicago that the trip safety bar was loose when he got on it.

“My bar was coming up over my head. Every time I went up, because it was going up, I was almost about to fall out, I would slam down to close it,” said Johnson.

The “Moby Dick” is a type of ride called a Miami. Miami rides rotate a series of seated passengers up and down, in a wide circular motion. Videos of the people on the Moby Dick A tour can be found on YouTube.

“The high-profile scenery rises a full 31 feet in the air, to stand out every midway,” according to Rides Wisdom’ Sign up for a Moby dick tour.

Antioch Mayor Scott Gartner has “issued an executive order to stop all rides to ensure public safety,” according to a Monday press release. The Illinois department of labor plans to investigate the incident to determine whether the child was injured due to mechanical failure, operational error, or a combination of the two, according to the news release.

Representatives for the Village of Antioch, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, and Wisdom Rides did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider sent outside normal business hours.

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