Thrill ride appears to malfunction during Michigan festival – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) – An exhilarating ride at a popular northern Michigan festival was dismantled and an investigation was opened after the machine appeared to tip and topple over with the drivers on board.

Bystanders taped the incident on cell phones Thursday night during the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. Serious injuries were not reported.

The Magic Carpet Ride “came from the blockage,” said Joe Evans of Arnold Amusements of Traverse City. It was sent back to the Ohio company that made it.

“Apparently there was a malfunction,” said Evans. “We don’t know what it was yet.”

Joy Ogemaw told WPBN-TV that she looked up to the ride after making a loud bang.

“It was like scratching and then it went faster,” she said. “And then it started to rock back and forth a bit.”

The operator of the ride switched off the power and jumped to safety, reported the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Bystanders grabbed a guardrail attached to the main base of the ride to hold them in place.

Midway rides are inspected daily by Arnold Amusements employees, annually by the state and three times a year by third parties, the company said.

A spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs told the Traverse City Record-Eagle that records showed the faulty Carnival ride was last inspected in 2019 and the result was satisfactory.

“Trips with a satisfactory pre-season permit are temporarily allowed to run under their prior permit until they are inspected in the current season,” said Suzanne Thelen in an email. “There was no Mardi Gras season during the pandemic and the ride was at the Cherry Festival with a temporary permit based on the satisfactory prior inspection.”

The National Cherry Festival started on July 3rd and should end on Saturday.

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