Teen hurt after pole falls during festival ride in Indiana

BEECH GROVE (AP) — Authorities say a teenage boy was injured when a metal pole with lights broke on a ride at an Indianapolis-area festival and struck him.

The Beech Grove Fire Department says emergency workers on hand for the Beech Grove Fall Festival responded during opening night Wednesday. Authorities say the boy was evaluated at the scene for a face injury before being taken to a hospital.

The boy was on the “Scrambler,” which spins people while they’re sitting in seats. The ride was inspected before the festival.

The Indianapolis Star reports Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley ordered the ride removed.

John Ciriello with the Promotions Club, which organizes the festival, says it was “a freak thing.”

The festival runs through Sunday night.