Four seriously injured when fairground ride collapses

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Four people suffered serious head injuries and 33 others were injured when a fairground ride collapsed in a scene one witness said on Sunday looked like a war zone.

Four people suffered serious head injuries and 33 others were injured when a fairground ride collapsed in a scene one witness said on Sunday looked like a war zone.

One woman was in critical condition Sunday in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, police said.

Angus Sutherland was waiting in line with his son Caleb, 22, for a turn on the Spin Dragon when the amusement ride at the Royal Adelaide Show went haywire Saturday evening.

"We were all standing behind a makeshift barrier at the front and, as the thing fell apart, we had nowhere to run," he said. "It looked like a war zone. It could have been 20 or 30 people flung to the ground. They were screaming and crying for help."

A total of 37 people were treated at the show ground, with 27 of the injured - ranging from 13 to 24 years of age - taken to hospitals.

Minister for Workplace Services Robert Lawson said investigators began looking for the cause of the accident Sunday. An interim report was expected by Wednesday.

"It is of concern that these events can happen, but this device had a current certificate of registration and all its papers are in order," he said.

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