PUYALLUP, Wash. - April 21, 2009 - After a thorough investigation by governmental and independent private investigators specializing in amusement rides, the contributing factor for the Lolli Swing incident at the Spring Fair in Puyallup on April 17, 2009 was determined to be deteriorating soil conditions. This is the first case of a soil-related incident with this or any ride since Funtastic Rides, Inc.'s inception in the early 1950s. The Fair has no record of such an occurrence in its 109 years.
A total of 16 riders were on the Lolli Swing at the time of the incident, including two adults and 14 children. While six were transported to area hospitals for evaluation, all were released that same day with minor injuries.
The unseasonably wet winter, coupled with strong rain cells that moved through Puyallup from 12:58 to 1:53 p.m., and 2:23 to 3:28 p.m. creating an unusual situation of too much moisture in too short of a time. The blocking installed for the ride exceeded the requirements, but still was not adequate for the highly unusual rainfall that added to an already drenched ground.