Is there really much difference in the park vs portable on the YOYO?> Rye Playland wants to say their's is superior.http://lohud.com/apps/pb...WS02/805190341/-1/SPORTS
Playland: Ride isn't like one in California crash
By Jonathan Bandler
The Journal News • May 19, 2008
A carnival ride that malfunctioned and injured nearly two dozen young people at a California fair was built by the same company as one set to return in June to Playland Amusement Park.
News of the crash Friday night came as Westchester County parks officials have wrapped up a winter spent emphasizing how safe Playland really is despite three fatal accidents at the Rye park in recent years.
They were optimistic yesterday that the Yo-Yo swing ride they recently bought from Chance Rides would be free of whatever problems might have caused the California incident - primarily because Playland's new version is a "park model" and not the portable version generally used at state and county fairs.
"We bought it from a company that has a very reputable history and we vet them out, vet out their safety record," said Peter Tartaglia, a spokesman for the county parks department, who was unaware that Chance built the California ride as well. "The Yo-Yo is a somewhat traditional model. There are several different versions of it. It's a popular ride."
The accident Friday occurred at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, Calif. Twenty-three people, mostly children and teenagers, were thrown to the ground and injured. Two girls who were the most seriously injured were released from local hospitals yesterday, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department said.
The ride features metal arms connected to a rotating hub, with chairs attached to the arms by chains. The chains swing out when the arms rise and fall as the hub picks up speed.
An initial investigation suggests that a mechanical failure in the machine's hub disrupted its normal rotation, causing the chairs to collide with one another and the chains to become tangled, said Paul Feist, assistant secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. The agency oversees the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration,which is is investigating the accident.
The Yo-Yo Family Swing Ride and the Himalaya Music Express Ride are being added to Playland this season at a cost of $1.7 million. The Music Express is expected to be open by Memorial Day; the Yo-Yo, built by Chance Rides, was bought new from the manufacturer and is not expected to be installed and opened until June. They replace the Power Surge and the Mind Scrambler rides. A 7-year-old girl died on the Mind Scrambler in 2004, and a 21-year-old woman who operated the Mind Scrambler died when she took a ride on in it in June 2007.
Playland had another swing ride, also called the Yo-Yo, until two years ago. It was made by an Italian company and needed a new driveshaft so officials decided to get a new one, said Joseph Stout, the county parks commissioner.
The marketing director of the Calaveras County fair said yesterday that she had not yet seen documentation indicating who built the ride that crashed. But Capt. Clay Hawkins of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department said the manufacturer was Chance.
The Associated Press contributed information in this article.
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