Children hurt in amusement ride accident

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- The owner of a swing ride at a Connecticut fair that malfunctioned and injured 18 people says workers will disassemble the equipment to see if they can determine what happened.

Richard Stewart of Monroe-based Stewart Amusement Co. said Monday that the drive system of the "Zumur" swing ride locked up for some reason. He says the swings, which hang by metal chains, bumped into one another and into part of the ride when the system froze, but no one fell.

The riders suffered minor injuries Sunday at Norwalk's Oyster Festival. Police say 12 children and an adult were taken to hospitals and all but one was discharged. Five people refused treatment.

Stewart says the 1983 ride had no previous problems and authorities inspected it before the fair began Friday.

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