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Woman falls from roller coaster ride during special needs event at Illinois carnival

A woman fell from a roller coaster after it malfunctioned at a carnival in Illinois, police say.
A woman fell from a roller coaster after it malfunctioned at a carnival in Illinois, police say. Screengrab: Kane County Chronicle Twitter

What should have been a fun trip to the carnival turned into every carnival-goer’s worst nightmare on Thursday.

During a private event for people with special needs at Plainfield Fest in Plainfield, Illinois, onlookers saw the unthinkable: a woman falling from a small roller coaster, WMAQ reported.

The roller coaster, known as the Iron Dragon, had a broken track that caused one of the roller coaster’s cars to derail, police said in a news release.

The 45-year-old woman fell five feet and landed on the asphalt, the Northwest Herald reported. Law enforcement officials saw the whole thing.

“It happened so fast. We were 50 feet away; we heard a noise and saw her fall out,” Plainfield Fire Chief Jon Stratton said, according to the newspaper.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment, WMAQ reported.

Justin Williams, 41, was on the Iron Dragon with his two daughters, ages 7 and 10, the Daily Chronicle reported. Williams says his daughters, who are both on the autism spectrum, were “traumatized.”

“We got one lap around, and on the second lap things started to feel really unstable,” Williams said, according to the newspaper. “It felt like we sloped inward and crashed down. To my left side, I saw a woman fly by me.”

This comes just days after a pendulum carnival ride in India snapped, killing two people, CBS reported.

The Illinois Department of Labor, Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division is investigating the incident, the Patch reported. The ride was dismantled and did not reopen.

Plainfield Fest is an annual event that “brings together great food, music, crafters, businesses and fun for all ages!” according to their Facebook page.

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Dawson covers goings-on across the central region, from breaking to bizarre. She is an MSt candidate at the University of Cambridge and lives in Kansas City.
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