|Photo: Modern Midways|
Five people were transported to the hospital Tuesday evening following an incident on the "Ring of Fire" ride at the Lehigh Spring Festival.
It is uncertain at this point exactly how the incident occurred. Witness reports vary from a snapped wire to a wheel falling off while the ride was in motion.
More answers are expected to be answered at the conclusion of an investigation which is being conducted by the Florida Fair Rides Inspection Bureau.
Andy Reisinger, President of the Spring Festival released this statement regarding the incident:
The Board of Directors of the Lehigh Spring Festival and all its volunteers are deeply saddened by the tragic incident, which occurred at “The Ring of Fire” carnival ride, which is owned and operated by Modern Midways. We hope that all victims involved in this incident will quickly recover from their sustained injuries. As safety and security of our patrons and guests is always our number one priority, we are certain that a thorough investigation by the proper authorities will provide us with the much needed answers, why such incident occurred. The Lehigh Spring Festival is a staple and an annual tradition of our community, which has provided Lehigh Acres with a family oriented, fun filled festival for almost 40 years. Once again, we wish everyone who was involved in this incident a speedy and full recovery.
Lehigh Spring Festival
Modern Midways, who operates the ride has yet to release a statement.