The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

August 13, 2009

Zipper ride closed after incident at fair

JEFFERSON — Lisko Amusement Co. officials closed down the Zipper ride late Wednesday afternoon after a teenage girl appeared to be injured, officials said.

The girl was treated by the Jefferson Rescue Squad at the scene but was not transported to a hospital, fair officials said. Her parents had signed a release form, Lisko officials said. The girl’s name was not released because she is a minor.

Witnesses said the girl was disoriented and dizzy from having ridden the Zipper, and some adults nearby feared she had received an electrical shock. Her friend suffered a bloody nose when her shoe flew off during the ride and hit her in the face. Both teens were treated at the scene, witnesses said.

Lisko officials corroborated the story but shut down the ride for more than two hours, checking it for any problems. None was found, and the ride was running again by 7:30 p.m., officials said.

Lisko Amusement Co. has provided the midway rides at the county fair for the past nine years, according to the fair board’s records.

Darla Vargo, Ashtabula County Fair Board secretary, said she didn’t know the details of what happened Wednesday afternoon at the Zipper.

All other fair board members were unavailable for comment Wednesday night.

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