Are Amusement Park Rides Safe?

August 14, 2014 Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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August 14, 2014 Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) Fair-goers gathered at the Erie County Fair this morning to enjoy two hours of free rides. It was less than 24 hours since a 12-year-old girl fell off of the Sky Flyer ride at the fair, breaking her arm.

The young girl was not secured in the ride, and when the ride took off, she fell, nearly 10 feet.

Strates Shows Inc., the company that owns and operates the rides says it was a ride operator error. Plain and simple, the attendant pressed “go” too soon.

Still, the accident, opening the conversation: How safe are rides at the fair?

Hannah Buehler reports from the Erie County Fair