Girl Hospitalized Following Carnival Accident

 
by Michael Sevren, msevren@k2tv.com 
    K2 News Desk, info@k2tv.com 
 
A 16 year old Fremont county girl is in a Denver hospital after a bungee trampoline ride malfunctioned Friday night at the Riverton Spring Spectacular carnival. She was airlifted to Denver with severe head injuries. 
 
The girl was on what is commonly called "a bungee trampoline system". The ride straps a rider into a harness that is connected to bungee cords and, with the aid of a trampoline, allows participants to jump as high as twenty feet. 
 
Something apparently went wrong with the system the girl was using and authorities are still not sure what exactly happened. 
 
The Fremont County Fair board called the accident rare and the Riverton Police Department has ruled out foul play. They are treating it as an industrial accident. "It wasn't a sabotage-type situation," said Captain C.T. Smith of the Riverton Police Department. "It's going to need someone with an engineering degree to go through that," he said of the investigation. 
 
Fremont County Fair and Rodeo Director Barney Cosner emphasized that safety is a priority at the carnival.
 
North Star Amusements, which operates the carnival, closed down the faulty ride shorty after the incident but left other rides open for the rest of the weekend. K2 News tried to speak with North Star Amusements owner Bret McKenney, but he declined to be interviewed.