Union City, TN Ride At Fair Collapses, Aug 1973

COLLAPSE OF FAIR RIDE KILLS YOUTH; 8 OTHERS INJURED.

Union City, Tenn. (UPI) - A ride called the "Spider" collapsed at the Obion County Fair Monday night, killing a 13-year-old boy and injuring eight other children.
The youth, KEITH CONNELL, of Union City, was crushed in the accident which occurred only a short time after the fair officially opened.
JACQUELINE PENDERGRASS, 12, daughter of Police Chief Charles Pendergrass, suffered a fractured neck.
STEVE OLIVER, 13, had a fractured spine.
JAMES GRIFFIN, 13, had cervical injuries.
The other children had minor injuries.
Jim Rippy Jr., president of the fair board, said the mishap happened when the threads in a nut stripped and one arm of the ride collapsed, throwing two cars together. The "Spider" is a ride with cars, or seats, holding three persons, on long arms that rotate as they go up and down.

Progress Bulletin Pomona California 1973-08-28