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Carriage slips off popular ride

The Rok and Rol ride had a mishap at the Jacaranda Festival on Saturday night. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
The Rok and Rol ride had a mishap at the Jacaranda Festival on Saturday night. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

A FAULTY manufacturer's clip is to blame for a carriage slipping off a ride at the Goodna Jacaranda Festival.

The empty cage jumped off the Rok 'n' Rol ride at the festival on Saturday, causing it to roll over the safety barrier.

One ride worker, who only wanted to be known as Richard, said the cage was reattached and inspected by work place health and safety officers before it was put back into operation.

"It was a faulty manufacturer's clip which was the issue, but we have since changed all of those clips," he said.

"The ride was out for about an hour-and-a-half, and when we opened it again, we still had people lining up to ride it."

Witness Nancy Robinson said although the incident was "scary", it "wasn't as bad as what everyone had made it out to be".

"I saw the ride, but it didn't 'fly' off, like other people were saying. It more rolled off very slowly," she said.

"It was scary, and thankfully there was no one in it."

Father of two Floyd Taylor was visiting the festival from Logan with his two young sons.

He said he had no problem with letting his children go on the ride.

"Every time you let your kids go on something like this, it is a risk, but what are you supposed to do, say no and not let them have any fun?" Mr Taylor said.

"Just because it happens once, doesn't mean that the ride is completely faulty.

"I spoke to one of the guys operating the ride and he said some bolts had been fixed, which is all that they can do.

"It was good to see them up and running again and my kids said they had fun."

But other festival-goers weren't as keen to jump on the troubled ride.

James White was visiting the festival with mates, and said they weren't going to take the risk.

"Knowing that there was a safety issue does make me really nervous," he said.

"We will give this one a miss because they just never know what might happen."

Despite the ride mishap, the much-loved festival was a big hit with the community, who came out in droves to join in the action.

Thousands attended all three days of the festival to grab some show bags, eat carnival-type food, listen to the numerous bands playing live on stage and witness the boys from Flair Action Sports fly through the air.

Topics:  jacaranda festival


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