Fairground rides shut after accident

7th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) has decided to shut down three fairground rides after a fatal accident at a fair in France. The rides that have been shut down are of the "Booster" type, the VWA reports on its website.

7 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) has decided to shut down three fairground rides after a fatal accident at a fair in France. The rides that have been shut down are of the "Booster" type, the VWA reports on its website.

The Booster rides consist of a moving arm with two compartments affixed which accelerates to speeds of up to 90 km/hr.
 
A 43-year-old father and his 21-year-old son were killed in an accident with the Booster in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, about 40 km west of Paris, this weekend when the seating compartment in which they sat became loose and fell to the ground. Two others were seriously injured. 

The measure has been taken because the cause of the accident is still not known, Koen Geling of the VWA says. The VWA wants to avoid any risk of a similar accident in the Netherlands.

Inspectors from the VWA have closed down the three rides of this type that are operating at different fairs throughout the country.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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