Texas teens fall from carnival ride after door opens

KTSM
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:49pm

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. Monday 9/1 - El Paso Police say the door to the "Sidewinder" ride at the St. Anthony's Bazaar opened while the ride was in motion, flinging the teens from their seats Sunday night.

Police say the incident happened at 10:09 Sunday night, at the Saint Anthony's Bazaar, at the Church's east-central location along the 4600 block of Hastings. Both teens were transported to University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, which are now described as 'not life threatening.'

According to EPPD officials, the department's Crimes Against Children Unit was sent to the scene to assist in the investigation. They add that no charges have been filed and the is still under investigation.

PREVIOUS STORY: Sunday 8/31 - Two teenagers were rushed to University Medical Center in serious condition, that according to emergency dispatchers, who said they fell more than 12 feet from a ride at Saint Anthony's Bazaar on Sunday night.

It happened shortly past 10 p.m. We're told one of the teens suffered serious injuries while the other had minor injuries.

Dispatchers said firefighters also requested a ladder to rescue somebody stranded on the ride.

Witnesses told us that the ride operator failed to shut the ride's door and that people were screaming for him to close it however that is unconfirmed at this time and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

El Paso Police's Crimes Again Children Unit is now handling the investigation.  

Check for updates on the KTSM website.

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