10-Year-Old Faces “Significant Injuries” After Tragic Moby Dick Carnival Ride Accident in Illinois

Child Injured on Moby Dick Ride at Summer Festival in Northern Illinois

Antioch, Illinois – A 10-year-old boy sustained serious injuries after being thrown from a Moby Dick-themed carnival ride during the Antioch Taste of Summer festival, which took place on Sunday. The incident has raised concerns of possible criminal charges. Authorities were alerted to the accident and immediately dispatched police and firefighters to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered the injured child, who had apparently been thrown from the ride. The ride in question, named Moby Dick, is designed to lock riders in at the shoulders and then take them up and down with increasing speed. The village officials identified the injured boy as Huntley Daniels. Due to the extent of his injuries, he was first taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and then airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The child suffered multiple facial and jaw fractures, as well as a significant leg injury.

Chief Jon Cokefair of the Antioch Fire Department described the injuries as significant, estimating that the boy fell approximately 15 to 20 feet from the ride. Witnesses at the festival recounted the traumatic incident, with one stating that they saw the boy almost dive off the ride, landing on the pavement. Another witness raised concerns about the ride’s safety bar, as it repeatedly came loose during their own ride.

Lauren Tardi, a concerned parent, noticed that the workers operating the ride did not always ensure that the safety bars were securely fastened for riders. In response to the incident, Mayor Scott Gartner, in consultation with law enforcement and fire officials, made the decision to shut down all the remaining rides at the event. Investigations are currently being led by the police, fire department, and the Illinois Department of Labor, with potential criminal charges to be evaluated by the Lake County State’s Attorney.

The Moby Dick ride, including its equipment and labor, was provided by All American Amusement, a company based in Lockport, Illinois. Passengers are required to be at least 42 inches tall to ride the attraction. Representatives from All American and the ride’s manufacturer, Wisdom Rides of America, have yet to comment on the incident.

The incident raises questions regarding the safety measures implemented by carnival rides and the responsibility of operators to ensure the well-being of riders. Such accidents serve as a reminder of the potential risks involved in amusement park attractions. The investigation will likely shed light on whether proper safety protocols were followed in this case.

The Antioch Taste of Summer festival, which features various rides and attractions, is a popular event in the Antioch community. This incident has cast a shadow over the festivities, prompting a closer examination of the safety measures in place and the need for stricter regulations in the amusement park industry.

As the injured boy undergoes surgery for his injuries, the community and authorities await the results of ongoing investigations to determine the cause of the incident and any potential accountability. Ensuring the safety of carnival rides remains a priority as families seek entertainment and enjoyment at these events.