12 children injured when Connecticut fair ride loses power, sends riders crashing into each other

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- Authorities say 12 children were injured when a ride at a Connecticut fair suddenly stopped, sending its riders crashing into each other.

Norwalk police say a dozen children and one adult were transported to hospitals after the rotating swing ride at the city's Oyster Festival came to a sudden stop Sunday afternoon.

Lt. Paul Resnick says an 8-year-old boy was admitted to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The rest were treated and released.

State police say a mechanical failure caused the ride to stop, which sent its occupants careening into each other. They say no riders were ejected from the ride or fell to the ground.

Troopers with state police fire and explosion unit are investigating the cause of the failure.

Other rides were briefly halted for inspection.

Festival organizers posted a statement about the accident on its Facebook page.

"Our first and only concern is for the wellbeing of those involved and their families," the statement said.

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