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Terrified Parents Are Forced To Hold Up Collapsing Roller Coaster With Kids Inside

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Whitney Castro captured the chilling footage of parents and bystanders as they are forced to hold up a kiddie roller coaster that suddenly collapsed at a Georgia fair.

Fortunately, the group rescued two children who were trapped on the malfunctioning ride and no one was hurt.

“This is why you don’t ride the fair rides! This roller coaster almost fell over with kids on it. If it wasn’t for some quick adults, this would have ended a lot worse,” Castro wrote on Facebook. “I am still shaking. My child was not on it thankfully. Nobody was hurt, a lot of scared little kids. This ride was being balanced and held up by boards.”

The carnival plans on reopening, but the roller coaster will remain closed for the rest of the fair as a precaution. All of the rides will undergo a thorough inspection.

“Apparently, there was a malfunction with the truck that caused some form of a collapse on the ride,”Glenn Allen, a spokesperson for Georgia State’s Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, told ABC News. “Exactly what caused that is now under investigation.”

According to ABC, here are a few safety tips when boarding carnival rides:

  • Go on a weekday, when crowds will be sparse and things will be less chaotic.
  • Don’t wear clothing that drags or dangles; wear sturdy shoes and leave flip-flops at home.
  • Seat belts should be worn snug but not tight.
  • Keep arms, legs, and head contained in your seat.
  • Be sure the ride has completely ended before getting out of your seat.

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Video Credit: Whitney Castro

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