Didn't see this posted from RideAccidents.com
Ride operator in critical condition after collision with ride
(August 20, 2011) - A 25-year-old ride operator was struck by a gondola that sped by him while he was in a restricted area. The accident happened at the West Virginia State Fair in Charleston, West Virginia.
The man was operating a ride called Speed, which consists of two arms that rotate to heights of 125 feet at 13 revolutions per minute. Each arm has a 4-person gondola that rotates freely at each end. According to co-workers, the man was looking at his cell phone when he walked into the path of the ride.
He was airlifted to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
The operator is employed by Reithoffer Shows of Gibsonton, Florida.
Just hasn't been Reithoffers week I guess. My thoughts to all involved in both incidents.