A boy had fell from a ride on at the Expo de Saint-Hyacinthe, following an error by the operator.
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Samuel Hebert suffered only scratches and bruises when he fell out of the ride on July 28 in this city about an hour east of Montreal.
The operator had stopped the ride near the starting area to let out another child who had fallen ill.
The restraints popped up but before Samuel could exit the ride it suddenly lurched forward and began to rise in the air, the boy clinging by one arm. His sister tried to pull him back in, but he fell about two metres to the pavement.
"It was frightening," his mother, Patricia Adam, told QMI Agency. "I still haven't gotten over it. When I saw him fall, I rushed toward him. I wondered what condition my son would be in."
The child was more frightened than injured, though he had scratches on his face.
The amusement park owner, Eric Lavallee, blames the operator for failing to deactivate a hydraulic pump when he removed his foot from the pedal. Both manoeuvres are necessary to stop the ride.
"This is one of the first things we teach in our training," Lavallee said, adding the operator had eight years' experience. "But when someone has so much experience, sometimes we forget the simple things."
He has apologized for the scare, but the boy's mother said safety needs to be a greater concern at the park.
"Cases like this shouldn't happen," she said. "When we put our children in a ride, we expect it to be safe."