A 3-year-old boy who lost the tip of his finger at the Lexington Lions Bluegrass Fair last month was running through a ride with two siblings when the accident occurred, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.
The Fun Zone, operated by Belle City Amusements of Deltona, Fla., contains several obstacles, including moving stairways and floors, that riders must traverse. The child fell as he was moving over a circular portion of the floor that rotated, according to an investigation conducted by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which licenses and inspects all such rides.
The report concluded that there was no mechanical failure of the ride during the July 23 accident, and no citations were issued.
"The sister stated that four children were running through the end of the ride, and the 3-year-old slipped and fell," Belle City Amusements employee Charlotte Panacek said in a statement contained in the investigative report. "His finger got caught between the spinning disks. His brother tried to pull him up, and the sister came up the exit and seen that his finger had detached."
Photographs from the report show two large circular disks that are part of the moving floor. The boy's left little finger apparently was caught between them when he fell, severing the tip, the report said.
There's no indication in the report that state investigators interviewed the injured child or anyone in his family.
The ride was shut down shortly after the accident about 9:30 p.m. July 23. Inspectors from Frankfort concluded there was no mechanical failure and allowed the ride to reopen July 24.
The boy's name was redacted from the investigative file, obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader through a request under the Kentucky Open Records Act.
According to the department's response, there are no other accident reports for Belle City Amusements, which operates at several other summer fairs in Kentucky.
A review of inspection reports showed that Belle City Amusements has passed all of its inspections at events during the past three years.