Sunday, November 14, 2010
Barrel Train incident kills 1 seroiusly injures others
The incident below is an example of how loosely regulated amusement rides are throughout the United States. Chances are this homemade device has no engineering data, manufacturing standards, or even insurance. I have experience in several of these. People think they are going to get wealthy quick scheme. What makes this one so sad is a child is dead.
By the way, four wheelers are not commercial vehicle or should be used to pull human cargo.
MARIETTA, Oklahoma – One child is dead and four children were seriously injured in an accident involving a four-wheeler ride at the Love County Fairgrounds.
Love County Undersheriff Jason Bone said a four-wheeler was pulling 55 gallon barrels that were hollowed out so kids could sit in them for a make-shift train ride. Seven of those drums were being pulled by the ATV when they overturned.
Three children were airlifted to an area hospital. Two other children were taken to the hospital in Marietta where 8-year-old Jaylen Wolf was pronounced dead. The other child remained hospitalized.
Bone said the children range in age from three to eight years old.
The driver of the four-wheeler was not injured.
The accident happened around 5:45 p.m. at the Big 5 Headstart benefit spaghetti supper, at the Love County fair building.
The Love's County Sheriff's Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are investigating the incident."
***The picture above is not the barrel train that the story refers to. It is a photo of another very similar barrel train.**