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Woman thrown from rider at State Fair in Shreveport

Last Modified: Monday, November 12, 2012 12:09 PM

SHREVEPORT (AP) — A Bossier City woman was hospitalized with broken bones and internal injuries after she was thrown from a ride at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport.

Fair President and General Manager Chris Giordano identified the woman as Klarissa Graves, 20, The Times reported.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the accident, which occurred late Saturday on the Fun Factory ride, similar to the Tilt-a-Whirl.

Investigators shut down the ride Sunday, the fair's closing day.

Last year, a 4-year-old boy from Red River Parish was critically injured when he was pinned under a ride that had been accidentally started by another child. Investigation showed that a ride worker had failed to engage a switch that would have prevented such an inadvertent start.

The Fun Factory ride is new for the fair, brought by Sky Attractions — a subcontractor of Crabtree Amusements, brought in to provide fair rides this year after last year's accident, Giordano said.

"What's unknown at this point is whether she sustained an injury on the ride that blacked her out and then she was thrown from the ride," he said. "There's a possibility she could have bumped her head on the ride and then blacked out or passed out, which would have made her body limp, would have made it easier for her to be ejected during the ride."

Graves was thrown about 20 feet but her injuries were not life-threatening, Shreveport Fire Department spokesman Scott Wolverton said. He said fire department workers took her to the LSU hospital.

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