State investigating derailed ride at Benton County Fair

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP)   An accident involving a ride that derailed on the last night of the Benton County Fair and injured at least two has prompted a state investigation.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the ride shut down Saturday after a cart from a miniature roller coaster derailed sending two people in an ambulance to a nearby hospital. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.

Bentonville Fire Department Battalion Chief Justin Scantlin says a third person also rode in a car to the hospital.

Arkansas Department of Labor general counsel Denise Oxley says investigators will examine the ride and its maintenance records as well as talk to the owner, operator and any witnesses. Oxley says the ride was inspected before the fair opened last week.

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