August 27, 2014 5:16 pm

IPE fair-goer injured on ride

Update 5:00pm Wednesday – The BC Safety Authority sent a safety officer out to take a look at the Tilt-a-Whirl.

The authority says the ride is now back up and running after the officer was satisfied it’s safe.

According to the authority the man taken to hospital suffered only minor injuries.

ARMSTRONG, B.C. – A man was sent to hospital Wednesday after being injured on the Tilt-a-Whirl at the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE).

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“I feel really shaken,” says Claire Hall who was walking to a cart on the ride when the accident happened on the catwalk circling the amusement.

“We were just walking up to it… and he just fell through,” says Hall.

IPE General Manager Bryan Burns says the catwalk wasn’t properly aligned.

“When the gentleman stepped on the walkway, on the edge, it just flipped open the walkway panel and … hit him in the leg,” says Burns.

Burns assures that all the rides are safe.

“I just checked it out myself and it is just the way the clip went in and they were just a little bit off,” says Burns, adding an inspector was on the way to the scene.

A West Coast Amusements employee on site told Global News their rides are inspected daily and described today’s incident as an accident.

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