WINCHESTER, Va. - The Frederick County Building Inspections Department in Virginia is continuing to investigate what caused a 47-year-old woman to be seriously injured from a fall at an amusement ride at the Frederick County Fair, county officials said. However, authorities believe there is no evidence of any “criminal wrongdoing.”
The victim was hurt while riding the SuperShot Monday evening, a freefall ride where riders ascend to the top of a tower and are then dropped suddenly. She was ascending on the ride when she fell approximately 40 feet to the ground and suffered several injuries. She was taken to Winchester Medical Center, but her condition is unknown at this time.
“Members of the Frederick County Building Inspections Department have completed their onsite evaluation of the incident at the Frederick County Fair on Monday evening,” Frederick County said in a news release. “All amusement rides at the fair were inspected by Certified Frederick County Building Inspectors prior to the fair opening. Employees of the owner of the rides, Inners Shows, also inspected the rides prior to operation on Monday. At that time there were no indications of malfunctions and the cause of the incident remains under investigation.”
The ride’s owner has received a cease and desist letter to operate the ride, the county said. The Frederick County Building Inspections Department is still continuing to investigate possible violations of the Virginia Amusement Device Regulations.
County officials also explained that after the amusement rides are set up, county inspectors and employees of the ride’s owner both inspect the rides before people are allowed to get on them.
FOX 5 spoke with the owner of the SuperShot ride on Tuesday and Tommy Inners said, “Nothing has ever happened in the ten years I have owned it.”
Board members of the Frederick County Fair told FOX 5 that all rides this year are contracted out to Inner Shows, the same company that owns the SuperShot.