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Collapsed ride cleared for use
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DARLINGTON - A carnival ride that collapsed on two workers as they set up for the Darlington Canoe Festival has been cleared as safe to ride this weekend.

Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the state Department of Safety and Professional Services were in Darlington Friday morning, June 7, to investigate the collapsed ride that injured two men the previous day, according to Police Chief Jason King.

"The carnival, including the ride that caused the injuries, has been cleared to operate for the weekend," King said in a news release.

The rides belong to Spectrum Carnivals. King said the company has provided rides at the Canoe Fest for many years without incident.

One employee, Frederick Cross, 47, of Michigan, was transported Thursday to a Madison hospital for surgery to repair a fractured leg, according to information the company gave police.

The other worker, Ryan Kumbier, 21, Fond du Lac, was treated for minor injuries at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and then released.

The 47th Annual Canoe Fest will continue through Sunday, June 9, culminating in a parade at 1:30 p.m. down Main Street.