An eight year old boy was released Monday from Norwalk Hospital after being injured on Sunday when a ride malfunctioned at a carnival in Norwalk, Connecticut. The boy was one of 13 people who were sent to the hospital after a rotating swing ride abruptly stopped, causing the riders to crash into one another and into the ride. The other 12 patients were treated and released Sunday. State Police say they have determined the accident was caused by a mechanical failure. The owner of Stewart Amusement Company, Richard Stewart, said Monday that the drive system of the swing ride locked up for some reason. He says workers will disassemble the equipment to see if they can determine what happened. Stewart says the 30 year old ride had no previous problems and authorities inspected it before the fair began Friday.
Twelve children and one adult were sent to the hospital Sunday after a ride at the Norwalk, Conn. Oyster Festival malfunctioned. None of the injuries were life-threatening. State and local officials are investigating the cause of the incident.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the state will begin collecting applications for federal Superstorm Sandy assistance no later than Sept 1. The governor visited a beach in Milford and a public housing complex in Norwalk damaged by the storm with US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan on Monday.
The frequency of severe storms is putting new scrutiny on whether to build in coastal, flood-prone areas. That question faces not just private builders, but public officials like the city leaders in Norwalk, Connecticut, a city on Long Island sound. They're hoping to upgrade an old public housing project, using federal dollars.
WSHU's Bill Buchner recently sat down with Norwalk and Darien Democratic State Senator Bob Duff, and discussed topics ranging from the state budget to re-development in Norwalk. Bill asked the Senator for his reaction to the claim, by Republican legislators, that they were left out of the budget planning process.