The family outing at the fair did not end well after two people on a Ferris Wheel at the fair were injured. One lay motionless in the ground with liquid around the body. Was it bad equipment or rider behavior that caused this incident still needs to be determined.
He's been going to the York Fair for more than 30 years. But after seeing an accident Friday, he and his family might never ride again.
The sound of metal breaking and snapping behind him made him turn around with his 9-year-old son. Then, Swope heard screams and the voice of a ride operator telling everyone to stay calm.
As people scurried from the area, Swope moved closer. His 11-year-old son was in line next to the Ferris wheel, where the accident occurred. He scooped up his son and that’s when he saw something he’ll never forget, something he’s hoping hasn’t traumatized his sons.
“I saw a man laying face down on the ground. He wasn’t moving or making a sound,” Swope said. “There was a liquid on the ground beside him. I was hoping it was just a spilled drink, but it scared me.”
It scared him enough that he rushed his two sons out of the fair. By that point, an EMS crew was walking in and Swope didn’t know how he could possibly help the man on the ground.
He thought he was preventing his children from seeing something traumatic by ushering them away. But as they moved toward the exit, he learned he was wrong.
His youngest son asked to ride the child-size Ferris wheel, but the oldest son said he didn’t want to.
“Not after what happened at the big one,” his son said, according to Swope.
It became evident to Swope that his son also saw the man lying face down on the ground. Not moving. Not making a sound.