Transcript for Carnival Accident Kills 1 Teen, Injures Another
That deadly accident on a popular carnival ride. Two Texas teenagers thrown off, one of them killed. That carnival shut down at this hour. Investigators now trying to piece together what went wrong. Here's ABC's Lauren Lyster. Reporter: Tonight, this church carnival in El Paso, a ghost town. Shut down as police investigate how a carefree ride turned deadly for one teenage girl. Nobody even knows what to say to one another. A lot of wet eyes and a lot of hugs that are going on right now. Reporter: Youtube is full of moments like these, showing the fun times at carnivals, rising the sizzler. But last night, two girls were thrown from the seats of that ride. A 16-year-old slamming into a metal barricade and later dying at the hospital. Another suffering a head injury. And a third rider escaping unharmed. That girl's father saying she survived by grasping the metal lap bar as tight as she could. These three girls were the only girls on the ride at the time. What hasn't been determined is if the safety bar or the seat belt either failed or was not put on correctly. Reporter: In Texas, carnival rides must be inspected once a year. Police don't yet know if this ride was in compliance. The carnival industry says Americans take more than a billion rides each year. 13,000 riders suffer injuries that send them to an emergency room. Tonight, we reached the owners of this traveling carnival, but they wouldn't give us a comment. Cecilia? Still so many questions. Lauren, thank you.
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