Man breaks neck on attraction at Country Fest

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) -- This YouTube video shows the Freefall XP which has been a show in itself at events all across the country, including Country Fest in Cadott last weekend.

"This attraction has been at other events across the nation and talked to them to see how it went, what is the safety record, every event and every participant had nothing good things to say about it," said Wade Asher, the Country Fest General Manager.

But over the weekend the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says one person broke their ankle, another broke their neck while using the free-fall attraction.

Country Fest GM Wade Asher says those people were not following directions and endangering their own safety.

"Even the person who broke her ankle, she was supposed to roll off a certain way, they told her how to roll off and she rolled off the wrong way," he said.

Asher says more than 2,000 people used the jumping attraction during the festival. He says he did not hear about the neck injury until Tuesday, and had he heard about it when it happened Sunday night, he would have closed the attraction down, calling any injury unacceptable.

"It's just like any ride, if you don't listen to the people doing the ride and doing it at the right time, you could get hurt on a marry-go-round if you don't listen to the people operating the ride," he said.

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalcyzk says to his understanding, people signed liability forms and were screened by staff for alcohol intoxication before jumping.

The events coordinator with US Airbag told us by phone they are still looking into the incident but say their prayers are with those who were injured.

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