Police investigate carnival ride malfunction that injured 5 people in Hagerman | KOB 4

Police investigate carnival ride malfunction that injured 5 people in Hagerman

Faith Egbuonu
Updated: March 15, 2020 07:38 PM
Created: March 15, 2020 04:26 PM

HAGERMAN, N.M. - Broken chains, scattered swings and loose poles were the aftermath of a carnival accident in Hagerman Saturday night.  

Hagerman police said local law enforcement, EMS and fire officials assisted five children that were injured from the accident.

“We did have five patients – three that were stuck on the ride that had to be rescued from the ride,” said Chief Rachelle Bateman with Hagerman Police Department. “We received a call that there was a malfunction on the carnival ride and kids were injured and stuck on the ride.”

Investigators said the carnival was in town for a good cause.

“It’s a traveling carnival,” Bateman said. “They link up with our non-profit shelter here, All Hearts 4 Paws, it was a fundraiser for them.”

Bateman said some children suffered serious injuries while others were minor.

“We had one patient –serious, she did suffer head trauma, a broken jaw, which she is being treated for currently,” she said. “The next serious patient was also a juvenile female; she sustained laceration to her leg which required nine stitches and a broken wrist. We had another patient, again, juvenile male, he sustained a head laceration.”

“We had two other females that had minor facial injuries and were treated for those and concussion,” Bateman said.

Bateman said the children are expected to be OK and four of them have since been released from the hospital. However, one still remains.

“Everybody is currently listed as stable,” she said “The only one that is still in the hospital is the one that had a broken jaw and the head laceration.”

The carnival is currently closed. The case is still under investigation.

“I believe we are currently waiting on the insurance company to go ahead and give the investigator the go to release the scene,” Bateman said. “So until then, the scene will be secured until the investigator says we can release it."

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