Official: No indication of ride malfunction when girl hurt

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Posted: May 10, 2016 2:20 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska official says investigators haven't found any indication that a spinning carnival ride was malfunctioning when an 11-year-old girl's hair got caught in it, ripping her scalp.

The Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/1qaav4t ) reports Grace Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Labor, also said Monday that investigators have no reason to believe that the person operating the ride Saturday afternoon wasn't paying attention at the time of the incident.

The girl was taken to Nebraska Medicine after the incident at a Cinco de Mayo festival in Omaha. Witnesses said her hair got caught in a ride called King's Crown.

Johnson said investigators will continue to look into what restraints, if any, were used on the ride.

The girl's mother said her daughter underwent surgery to repair her scalp.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com