State officials investigate after carnival rides injure 2

At least 1 child was injured when two carnival rides collided in south suburban Midlothian,IL at St. Christopher Church’s annual carnival. | Justin Jackson/ Sun-Times

State officials are investigating incidents where carnival rides injured people in separate Chicago suburbs.

The rides have been taken out of service.

The Illinois Department of Labor became involved after a 6-year-old boy suffered an injury at a church festival in Midlothian on Thursday and after a woman fell off a ride at a carnival in Plainfield. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.

In Midlothian, two coasters that didn't have any passengers aboard them collided. Falling debris injured the boy, who was hospitalized. In Plainfield, a woman fell off a coaster when it came off the track.

State officials say both rides had previously received permits to operate for the year and were last inspected in May.