Amusement park ride accident left 7 children hospitalized in Utica, Illinois

December 25, 2013 9:12:11 AM PST
Seven children were hospitalized and released Wednesday after they were injured on an amusement park ride in Utica in LaSalle County.

The children suffered minor injuries when the amusement park ride had a problem on Christmas Eve at the Enchanted Forest Amusement Park at the Grand Bear Lodge.

Seven people were treated and released from a northern Illinois hospital after receiving minor injuries when an indoor amusement park ride malfunctioned.

Joseph Hook is acting general manager at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort in Utica.

He says the people - a mix of children and adults - reported aches and pains on Christmas Eve after an unspecified malfunction of a tea cup ride in the hotel's indoor amusement park.

The amusement park that's about 80 miles southwest of Chicago has about 10 rides.

Hook says the amusement park remains open Wednesday, although the tea cup ride is closed so state inspectors and the fire marshal can try to figure out what went wrong.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.