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CRASH OF TORONTO THRILL RIDE INJURES 14 CHILDREN

An apparent mechanical failure on an amusement park thrill-ride injured 14 children after the ride came crashing to the ground 10 feet below.

No one was hurt seriously in the Wednesday evening accident on the Wave Swinger at the Canadian National Exhibition. Police said most of the injured children, ages 5 to 15, suffered cuts, bruises and neck and back injuries.

The Wave Swinger is a circular ride with 48 swing-style seats attached by metal chains to a dome.

"We're not sure what happened. There was a malfunction, and the chairs dropped to the platform," said Alfie Phillips, president of Conklin Shows, which owns the midway.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud crash before the chairs fell.

Phillips said the Wave Swinger had been inspected Wednesday morning by the ride foreman, a Conklin Shows employee, and Tuesday morning by a safety inspector from the Canadian National Exhibition.

The ride has been shut down and will be inspected before a decision is made on whether to let it reopen, officials said.

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