Amusement rides to be 'reevaluated' for next year’s St. Anthony bazaar after accident Sunday

Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 04:46 PM MDT
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By: Joshua Zuber
 EL PASO, Texas - KFOX 14 was there last night as rescue workers freed a teen stuck inside the Sidewinder ride about 40 feet in the air at the annual St. Anthony's Bazaar.
 
Now an official with the seminary, the Rev. William Reyes, who declined an on-camera interview, said whether these rides will be here next year needs to be reevaluated.
 
This whole situation leaves one bazaar-goer KFOX 41 talked to upset.
 
"I feel sad about I," Denise Lambeth said.
 
Police said two 13-year-olds were hurt, a boy and a girl.
 
They were taken to University Medical Center and are recovering.
 
Meanwhile, an investigation is underway by El Paso police, including the department's Crimes Against Children unit, as to what happened.
 
KFOX 14 reached out to an amusement ride inspector who is licensed in Texas to ask how these rides are kept safe.
 
One precaution he said is during an annual inspection which is managed by the Texas Department of Insurance.
 
"(We) make sure there are no sharp edges, that the nuts and bolts are in place, make sure the owners comply with any bulletins that manufacturer may have sent out or any updates, make sure the upholstery on the seats are in good shape, make sure the seat belts are good," Bill Hoggard, an amusement ride inspector, told KFOX 14 in a phone interview.
When looking at the odds, Hoggard said kids are actually safer on a ride then during their ride to school.
 
"If you look at the statistics your kids are much safer in a carnival ride then they are on the school bus."
 
A deacon for St. Anthony's Seminary would not tell KFOX 14 the name of the company which owns or operated the ride saying they couldn't because the investigation is ongoing.
 
El Paso police said as of now no charges are pending.

Amusement rides to be 'reevaluated' for next year’s St. Anthony bazaar after accident Sunday
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