Louisiana Fire Marshal Releases Fair Accident Report

November 9, 2011

The State fire marshal blames operator error for an accident that injured a four year old boy last week at the Louisiana State Fair.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning held a news conference in Shreveport Monday to release details of his investigation into the accident.

Browning says the ride is equipped with two safety features. One is a key that prevents the ride from starting. That key was not engaged and another child pushed the button, starting the ride.

KTBS TV reports 4-year-old Sheldon Lewis was leaving the ride when it started moving, apparently causing him to fall and become trapped between a car and the ride’s metal deck.

Lewis remains in critical condition at LSU Health Sciences Center.

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