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Woman Dies After Falling From County Fair Attraction
A 31-year-old woman died after falling 36 feet from an attraction at the San Bernardino County Fair on Thursday.
The tragic incident occurred around 8 p.m. when Sabrina Gordon decided to try out the fair's FreeFall USA attraction, according to KTLA. The fair posted a video on Facebook of the attraction describing it as a "pure free fall" that doesn't use any bungee cords, wires or harnesses. It appears that people jump from a platform that has three different height levels, and fall onto a giant, inflated mattress.
Freedrop USAReady for something BRAND new, and only at the 2015 San Bernardino County Fair. The first time ever in California, no bungee cords, no wires, no harnesses, just pure free fall... we bring you FreeDrop USA, Watch the video, to learn more, and come see it in person, only at this years 2015 SBC Fair. www.SBCFAIR.com
Posted by San Bernardino County Fair on Thursday, May 7, 2015
Witnesses told the Victor Valley News that Gordon was next to jump off of the platform, but it appeared that she changed her mind. She fell, hitting the scaffold, and then the pavement below, witnesses said. One said that an employee tried to grab Gordon, but she still fell.Gordon was airlifted and taken to a hospital, where she later died around 12:20 a.m.
San Bernardino County Fair CEO and General Manager Geoff Hinds told the San Bernardino Sun, "Safety is our top priority; the ride will be closed pending a thorough investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department."
FreeFall USA attraction owner Aspen Decker told the San Bernardino Sun that they had no problems with the over 50,000 jumps their customers have taken during their 36-city tour. The attraction was brand new to the San Bernardino County Fair.
According to ABC 7, Gordon lived with her husband in Hesperia.
The Victor Valley News posted this video to YouTube showing views of the attraction:
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