Two girls aged two and three are in a car on the Convoy Race ride at the Saanich Fair that goes off the tracks, raising questions about ride safety
A busy holiday Monday at the Saanich Fair Midway. Thousands are taking in the rides and the eats that come with the territory.
But one family’s fun went off the rails yesterday at the Convoy Race.
Cousins two and tjhree years of age are in the car that goes off of the track when a pin comes out holding the ride in place.
“I seen the video and it was stunning,” says West Coast Amusements Safety Coordinator Jim Yaremy.
“Just to watch it happen, right, cause it’s supposed to turn to go around the corner and it didn’t and it rolled down and hit the fence and it’s unfortunate.”
Yaremy says the reason for the clip coming out is not known, but the car was removed, a new pin was installed and after a few run throughs, the ride was deemed safe to operate.
Each attraction at the fair goes through a daily inspection one hour before the gates open.
“Well it’s still the same inspection the guys do,” says Yaremy.
“And now they watch for it a little more closely, they’ll check that pin.”
Yaremy adds “there’s seven of them on that car, on that ride and now they will check them.”
“He feels bad too, the operator, it scared him too right.”
The question for many is whether these rides need to be checked more often.
The video was posted to social media and comments flooded on both sides, suggesting West Coast Amusements should do more, while others debated it’s a risk riders take.
That argument could be heard on the fair grounds, too.
“My child was just about ready to go on the ride and then I saw the video and I yanked him right back,” said one mom.
“I question the safety of what West Coast Amusements has, if that can happen on a kiddie ride, what about these bigger rides.
“It’s a risk you accept taking your kids to an amusement park, especially a traveling one,” said a dad at the fair.
“I mean maintenance, repairs, but I mean if you’re willing to accept some of the risk and get your child on the ride I guess your’e willing to accept what will happen.”
The mother of the two-year-old girl in the runaway car, Julie-Anne Woods, did not respond to a request to speak with CHEK News, but posted on Facebook that her daughter suffered a bruise on her forehead and complained of a sore neck.
The mother of the 3-year-old girl also in the car posted she is a bit shaken with a mark on her head.
Yaremy says it’s the first time one of their rides has gone off the tracks and says staff are paying attention more closely to ensure it doesn’t happen again.