JACKSON, Mississippi (WLBT) - The Skyride chairlift at the Mississippi State Fair has been inspected and reopened after a child fell from the ride Friday night.
Around 11 p.m. Friday night an unidentified 7-year-old boy fell more than 30 feet from the ride.
The child was rushed to the University Medical Center. The child's condition remains unknown at this time.
The ride was closed immediately following the incident.
It was reinspected by Skyride officials Saturday morning.
The results of the ride inspection show that all safety lap bars on all cars are working properly, including the car the child was in and show no malfunction of the Skyride.
Josiah Zetterholm, who works at the fair, witnessed the incident.
"I saw him drop. I saw a couple of people rush over so I came over and looked and I saw him laying in the ground with broken bones," said Zetterholm.
Witnesses at the scene Friday night say when the little boy dropped from the Skyride, it was pretty obvious he was in pretty bad shape.
"Someone said bones were sticking out? They were they were, compound fracture from what I could see," Zetterholm added.
Glen Bergethon, who didn't want to go on camera, contracts the Skyride out to the state fair.
He said the boy's mom was in the car behind her son when the accident happened.
He also believes the child was taller than the required 46 inches to sit in the Skyride alone.
A mom Joannah Magee says Friday's accident doesn't come as a surprise.
"Like I said, there's no seatbelts you know its always one of those things where you're waiting for something to happen," Magee said.
"They need seat belts or something especially if you're going to have kids that young on them," Magee added.
There are no plans to make any changes, like seatbelts to the Skyride.
This is the first accident that has been reported on the ride at the fair.
The press release adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and the family."
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