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Fair ride reopens after incident over weekend

Crew members Carlos Aviles, top left, and Vinny Negron, top center, help guide the crane operator with a piece of the Crazy Mouse roller coaster for the Gwinnett County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville on Wednesday. (File Photo)

Crew members Carlos Aviles, top left, and Vinny Negron, top center, help guide the crane operator with a piece of the Crazy Mouse roller coaster for the Gwinnett County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville on Wednesday. (File Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Crazy Mouse roller coaster at the Gwinnett County Fair got a little crazier than normal Saturday.

County Fair Manager Dale Thurmon confirmed Monday there was an incident involving the ride.

“It wasn’t anything that really amounted to anything so we just kept on trucking,” Thurman said.

Fair-goer Danielle Fritz said she and her family were in line to ride the coaster, one of many attractions at this year’s fair, when the incident occurred.

“The track was held up by wooden blocks. If you picture a Jenga game, that was how the blocks are stacked,” the Grayson resident and first-time fair-goer wrote in an email to the Daily Post. “Some stacks only had one block on the top level as opposed to having three blocks. Once that block shifts with the weight of the roller coaster diving over it many times per day, the whole track is allowed to slightly shift.”

Fritz said she watched as a car went down the track and the section of track and supports rattled so hard the security fence fell partially over the tracks.

“My husband, Matthew Fritz, tried to get the operators attention so the ride could be stopped,” she wrote. “But no one was looking our direction. When the fourth individual car roared down the already unstable track, it ran over and into the fence shearing off one side of the passenger car which was holding four passengers.”

Danielle Fritz said she and her family quickly left the area and the ride was shut down. It remained closed Sunday. Thurmon said inspectors with the state of Georgia were out Monday to inspect the ride and it was again up and running.