UPDATED: Mechanical problem closes ride at fair

The Zipper is closed after a piece of metal fell off the ride Thursday night.Bob Pennell / Mail Tribune

12:13 p.m. Two children were slightly injured when a small piece of metal flew off a carnival ride at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Thursday evening.

The Zipper, a ride that features a revolving arm that supports spinning caged buckets, remains closed today as officials check into the incident.

A small piece of metal flew off the ride, striking one preteen boy in the face causing a small laceration and and glancing off another boy, said Jackson County Fire District No. 3 spokesman Don Hickman.

“The children were treated at the Expo medical gazebo and released to their parents,” Hickman said.

11:10 a.m. A carnival ride at the Jackson County Fairgrounds remains closed today after suffering a mechanical malfunction Thursday.

A piece of metal came off the Zipper ride early yesterday evening, causing fair officials to close the ride until it can be checked for safety.

"The ride remains closed as a precaution. We always err on the side of safety," said Dave Koellermeier, Expo manager.

Koellermeier said the incident is still being investigated. Representatives of Funtastic Shows, a Portland-based company that manages the carnival rides stated they were unaware of the Zipper's mechanical issues and also would be investigating the problem.

— Sanne Specht

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