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Child has minor injuries after falling from gondola at Florida State Fair

Posted at 10:49 PM, Feb 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-14 13:09:34-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla— — Officials say a young girl fell from a gondola ride at the Florida State Fair Saturday.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Three minors, all family members under the age of 10, were riding the gondola across the fairgrounds when a seven-year-old girl slipped under the safety bar and fell 35-40 feet onto a grassy area. The girl was transported to the hospital with minor injures.

A spokesperson with Hillsborough Sheriff says they are still investigating the incident.

The fair released the following statement:

“We are aware of the incident that occurred on Saturday, February 12th. The safety of our guests continues to be a top priority at the Florida State Fair. The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection has re-inspected the Sky Tram and found no deficiencies. The Sky Tram was re-opened this morning.”-Cheryl Flood, Executive Director of the Florida State Fair

The gondola ride was shut down but is now back open.