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North Florida Fair defends ride safety after weekend injury

North Florida Fair defends ride safety after weekend injury
North Florida Fair defends ride safety after weekend injury
Posted at 5:30 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 06:41:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - There was a scary moment over the weekend at the North Florida Fair for one girl on a carnival ride.

Somehow, she was thrown off the ride and was sent to the hospital with injuries.

Going to the fair is usually a fun time for everyone, but Saturday night was a different story, when a girl was thrown from the "Musik Express" ride, leaving her with bruises and a broken nose.

Organizers say the ride was immediately shut down for the night and didn't reopen until the Florida Department of Agriculture conducted an inspection Sunday morning. The fair's executive director, Mark Harvey, says the ride has been part of the fair for the past 10 years and this was the first incident on it.

Harvey says Musik Express is safe to ride and although someone did get hurt, there was no plan of closing the ride for good.

"I think you have to take any of these things with a grain of salt and look at the totality of the circumstances," said Harvey. "This ride has been ridden millions of times safely, and just because something happens one time, don't believe everything you read on social media."

We reached out to Strates Shows, which brought this ride to the fair. The company says the lap restraints are and have been working properly and the speed of the ride has been in line with the manufacturer's recommendations.

The fair has seen a slight drop in attendance so far compared to this time last year but the executive director expects crowds to continue coming until the end.