Two accidents occur at Meeker Days Festival

June 25, 2014 

On Saturday, two accidents that happened four hours apart spoiled what was otherwise a beautiful day during the 75th annual Meeker Days Festival.

At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, a caboose loaded with six passengers and part of an amusement ride train tipped over as it came out of a circle in the intersection of Sixth Avenue Southwest and Second Street Southwest and traveled westbound on Sixth Avenue Southwest.

The Puyallup Police Department reported that all occupants of the caboose were injured.

As a precautionary measure, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue transported one 8-year-old boy to the hospital. All others were released at the scene after being treated for minor injuries and abrasions.

An initial investigation determined the cause of the accident to be improper loading of the caboose.

Later, at 4:22 p.m., police and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to an accident involving a 42-year-old female who had fallen from the Zip Line ride along the 300 block of South Meridian Street.

The woman was injured and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment.

Police suspect a mechanical failure caused the accident.

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