NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)-- Multiple children were injured after a swing ride malfunctioned at Oyster Fest in Norwalk, Sunday.
Norwalk police say that the swing ride in the Kids Cove at Oyster Fest lost power, causing the children on the ride to forcefully fall to the ground.
Police say 15 children were injured, with most sustaining minor injuries. They were treated at the scene.
Other children were more seriously injured, with two having the most serious injuries.
Police, the fire department, and EMS responded to the scene to take the 12 injured to Norwalk Hospital.
There were parents with all the children. Officers have been assigned to assist families.
The area is secured for an investigation. The State's Fire Marshal's office will also conduct an investigation.
After an inspection, the Connecticut State Police Fire and Emergency Investigative Unit authorized Stewart Amusements to reopen the other rides for the rest of the evening.
Police say all of the other rides have been reinspected by Stewart Amusements.
The State Police's Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit's preliminary investigation revealed that the ride was operational when it suddenly stopped in mid air. The sudden stop of the circular motion caused a collision among riders on board.
State police say the riders struck each other causing the injuries. They don't believe that any riders were ejected or fell to the ground.
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