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Juveniles injured in carnival ride released from hospital

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Five juveniles injured Saturday night at a fundraiser in Hagerman when a carnival ride tipped over are now out of the hospital.

All five children are in stable condition after being transported to hospitals for treatment, Rachelle Bateman, chief of the Hagerman Police Department, said.

“They are in pain, they are going to be hurting a lot, but they are stable and home,” Bateman said Monday.

Hagerman Police and first responders from nearby Dexter and Roswell responded at 7:42 p.m. to a call involving a malfunctioning carnival ride in the area of Industrial Park Avenue and Aberdeen Road, according to a post on the Hagerman Police Department Facebook page.

Children were on the ride, when for reasons still not clear, it fell on it’s side, Bateman said.

Four of the children were released from the hospital by Sunday afternoon. The most seriously injured, a girl, was airlifted to El Paso to receive care from a specialist. Her condition was subsequently downgraded and she has since been released from the hospital.

The scene of the accident has been secured as part of an ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident being conducted by Hagerman Police and various state agencies.

The ride was provided by Bennett’s Amusement Inc., a carnival company based out of Moriarty, Bateman said, adding that the company so far has cooperated with investigators.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.