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UPDATED: Child rescued from kiddie ride in critical condition

Sheldon "SJ" Lewis (Courtesy: Facebook) Sheldon "SJ" Lewis (Courtesy: Facebook)

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the incident that left a five-year-old boy critically injured at the State Fair of Louisiana Wednesday.

Sheldon Lewis remains in critical condition at LSU Hospital after being cut free from the "Twin Ring-Demolition Derby," an amusement ride in the Kiddie Korral section at the fair.

The Shreveport Fire Department was called to the scene just before Noon, moments after the child became trapped in the ride.  When they arrived, little Sheldon Lewis was unconscious and not breathing.  He was trapped beneath a large car on the rotating platform. The rescue took some 20 minutes and ultimately required the jaws of life to dismantle the ride and free him.

Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning says deputies are on the scene and conducting a full investigation into the cause of the accident. 

According to the State Fire Marshal, the ride was manufactured by Moser's Rides in 2007, annually certified on August 10, 2011 and inspected on site at this fair location on October 26, 2011. 

[Click here to view the event inspection report for the "Derby" ride (PDF)]
[Click here to view the annual inspection report for the "Derby ride (PDF)]

Browning says investigators will be evaluating the mechanical, electrical and human factors relating to the incident.

Witnesses on the scene say another child pushed the button and started the ride up as children were trying to disembark, knocking the boy down and causing him to fall and somehow become trapped in the platform. 

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Browning said, "At this time there has been no determinations made and the investigation will continue over the next few days before any conclusions can be expected. The Fire Marshal has ordered a cease and desist of the use of this specific ride until further notice."

The boy was at the Fair as part of a field trip for the Red River Parish Head Start program. The family lives in Coushatta.

"We are very saddened that this incident as occurred, our thoughts and prayers go out to this child and his family," says Browning. "Our office has experts on scene working with the Shreveport officials to determine the reason why this accident happened, we will commit our full resources to this investigation".

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