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Police say 12 kids injured when swing ride malfunctions at Connecticut festival

Police say at least 12 children were injured after a mechanical failure caused an amusement ride to suddenly stop at a Connecticut fair, sending the swinging riders careening into each other.

One adult was also among the 13 people transported to hospitals after the mishap at Norwalk's Oyster Festival. Norwalk police said one person was admitted with non-life threatening injuries and the rest were treated and released.

Five other people refused treatment at the scene, police said. Officials did not specify the age of the person who was hospitalized.

The rotating, swing-type "Zumur" ride lifts riders up and away as it spins, authorities said. State police said a mechanical failure caused the ride to suddenly stop and those on board collided with each other.

Police initially said some of the ride's occupants had fallen to the ground but a preliminary investigation by state police indicates no riders were ejected from the ride or fell from it.

The festival's organizer, the nonprofit Norwalk Seaport Association, said it directed the ride's operator, Stewart Amusement, to shut down the entire ride area until state inspectors complete an inspection. The other rides later reopened and the rest of the festival remained open on its third and final day.

Stewart Amusement's rides are inspected by its own staff every day, by state and local inspectors weekly and by engineers and insurance inspectors each year, the company's website said.

"Your safety is of critical importance to us," the site says. "Not only do we have an obligation to provide our guests with the safest equipment and environment possible, but also our ultimate success depends on it."

Stewart Amusement says it has provided rides and other attractions since 1983 at events in Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut and neighboring Westchester and Putnam counties in New York.

Troopers with state police fire and explosion unit were investigating, department spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

Festival organizers posted a statement about the accident on its Facebook page.

"Our first and only concern is for the wellbeing of those involved and their families," the statement said

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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