Official report: 13-year-old tried to get off ride as it was moving

October 31, 2006

The Georgia Department of Labor has just put out their report on the accident at the Georgia Carolina State Fair in which a 13-year-old girl was thrown from a ride.

The ten page report says Desire Northington panicked before she was thrown.

Desire's family is still by her side at MCG, where the teen remains in critical condition. Witnesses say she was thrown 60 feet from the Orbiter ride.

This whole nightmare began five days ago at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair. 45 seconds after the Orbiter started with Desire and her cousin on board, the ride operator saw Desire's legs dangling from the tub of the ride and Desire holding onto the lap bar. Desire's cousin was beside her, gripping her jacket.

But the report says the ride is not at fault for the accident. Instead the labor department concluded the young girl panicked and managed to maneuver herself into a position to attempt going underneath the lap bar before the ride reached full speed.

The report also says the operator pushed the emergency stop switch as soon as he saw her legs dangling. It takes 25 seconds for the ride to come to a complete stop after the emergency stop switch is pushed.

We spoke with Desire's family earlier today when they told us about her condition.

They said they were very interested in this report, but haven't had the chance to see it yet.

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