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7/20/2019 10:42:00 AM
Boy hurt when rides collide

MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy was injured by debris after two rides collided at a church festival in suburban Chicago.

The accident happened Thursday evening at St. Christopher Fiesta in Midlothian. Fire Chief Stephen Hotwagner tells the Chicago Sun-Times the rides were unoccupied. Hotwagner says the boy was taken to a hospital. Detail on his condition wasn’t immediately released.

WLS-TV reports a ride called “Pharaoh’s Fury,” a swinging ship with two large heads on either side, smashed into the “Freak Out” ride — knocking off one of the large heads.

Separately Thursday evening in the Chicago suburb of Plainfield, police say the track broke on a small roller coaster called the “Iron Dragon” at the Plainfield Fest carnival. Police say a woman fell from the ride and had minor injuries.

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