Cause of York Fair Accident Revealed

York Fair Accident

York County, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture released its findings into the incident that sent two people to the hospital. The incident involved the York County Fair’s Giant Gondal Wheel.

According to the report, a gondola was stuck on its side when a tie rod came loose. The gondola tipped 90 degrees, causing a passenger to fall about 25 feet out of the gondola. The 45-year-old man had severe injuries after his fall.

The 48-year-old female passenger with him was able to hold on but fell to the floor after the gondola righted itself. The operator of the ride sustained injuries while helping the man who fell.

The two passengers witnessed the tie-rod coming loose and tried to warn the operator, but it was too difficult to hear.

The report stated that a pin, hairpin, or combination of the two holding the tie rod failed. The missing pins caused the tie rod to become loose before the gondola locked itself into place.

Investigators were unable to find the pin and hairpin at the scene. It is unclear if they were missing, dislodged, or if they were faulty. Police stated that it is unlikely they were removed by accident or intentionally due to the inaccessibility of the location. 

This incident came about a month before a young girl died at a New Jersey Harvest Festival.

The report doesn’t state who, if anyone, is responsible for the incident.

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Sources: Local 21 News, WGAL

Louis Arnold

Louis Arnold began his legal career in 1974. After passing the Bar in 1976, Mr. Arnold was appointed Assistant City Solicitor by Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, serving as a trial lawyer for the City Law Department until 1980. In 1983, Mr. Arnold opened his own law office in the City of Brotherly Love and its surrounding communities. Mr. Arnold’s professional affiliations, he has been active with many charitable organizations including the American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Association, Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Schei Institute and the Hero Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia


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