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June 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Puyallup festivalgoers hurt on zip line, children’s train

(Photo: Puyallup Police Department )

(Photo courtesy: Puyallup Police Department )

A woman was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after falling from a zip line at the Meeker Days festival, an incident that occurred not long after six other people were injured in a children’s amusement-park ride there.

Puyallup police said they responded to the 300 block of South Meridian Street, where the zip-line ride had been set up. A rider had gone about a quarter of the way down the cable about 4 p.m., when the cable suddenly dropped, causing the woman to fall to the ground, police said. The woman, 42, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, to be treated for minor injuries, police said.

A preliminary investigation showed mechanical failure as the accident’s cause, police said. An investigation will continue.

In the other incident, six people were hurt earlier in the afternoon, when the caboose of a children’s ride, a small train, tipped over.

Puyallup police said the conductor was turning the train around at Sixth Avenue Southwest and Second Street Southwest, when the accident occurred.

All six passengers — adults and children — were hurt and several were treated at the scene for minor injuries and abrasions. A boy, 8, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

A preliminary investigation found the train car had been improperly loaded, police said — likely too much weight on one side of caboose.

 

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