A 10-year-old girl was sore but otherwise appeared unhurt after she apparently slipped under a lap bar inside a topsy-turvy State Fair ride called the Zipper even though she met the height requirements for the Zipper, fair officials said Thursday.
Gianna Carucci, from Harnett County, was on the ride with an older sister, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs spokesman Brian A. Long said. Riders in the Zipper’s wire-caged seats are tipped upside down as the cages are carried around by a rotating, vertical arm to which they are attached.
Apparently, the girl was thin enough that a lap bar did not keep her against the seat when they were inverted, Long said.
Each time she slipped, her sister pulled her back into the seat, he said.
When the girls told ride operators that the 10-year-old had been pulled out of the seat and had sore knees, they contacted fair public safety officers, and a Wake County EMS crew was sent to the ride, Long said.
The medics checked the girl and found no injuries that required taking her to a hospital, Long said.
Before the girl left, officers measured her against the height-requirement sign at the ride that bars riders under 52 inches tall, and she met the requirement “and then some,” Long said.
State Department of Labor inspectors were called to the Zipper and found no problems with the lap bar or other equipment, Long said, and the ride was allowed to resume operating.