Girl, 14, breaks nose when flung from Florida fair ride

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 04:01:44 PM. TALLAHASSEE — It was a parent’s nightmare.
TALLAHASSEE — It was a parent’s nightmare. When Jennifer Bonney took her son, 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, and two of Lauren’s friends to the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee on Saturday, she, like many, assumed it was safe to hop on each of the rides.          Yet, as she rode the fair’s "Music Express" with her son — about five cars back from Lauren and her friends — she watched in horror as her daughter was thrown from the car, eventually coming to a stop on the metal walkway surrounding the ride.          The ride spins its passengers on a circular loop, not into the air but on the ground like a much-faster carousel. Bonney said Lauren, a high school freshman, told her after the accident that “her feet started to slip out of the car, and she just couldn’t hold on.”          She could see Lauren the whole ride, so Bonney knew for certain there was no horseplay or ignoring of the ride's rules that could have caused her to be thrown from the car.          Bonney recalled screaming to get the ride operators’ attention, but the music was too loud. Lauren’s friends did the same, with the same result. The North Florida Fair contracts with entertainment company Strates Shows Inc. to hire its ride operators.          “When the ride finally did stop, I jumped out," Bonney said. "Lauren was unconscious and not moving. It was very terrifying. There was blood everywhere.”          Lauren was taken to a local hospital and found to have a broken nose and about a 5-inch cut across her...Read more
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