Girl hospitalized after her hair caught in carnival ride

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OMAHA, Neb. — An 11-year-old Nebraska girl is recovering after a witness says her hair got caught in a spinning Cinco de Mayo carnival ride and she suffered a serious head injury.

Police say she was taken to Nebraska Medicine after the accident Saturday afternoon, losing consciousness in the ambulance.

“There’s nothing we could do and so I stood up and I was like yelling, I was like, ‘Stop the ride! Stop the freaking ride!'” one of the girl’s friends told WOWT.

Another witness said several men ran onto the ride and used their shirts to help stop the bleeding.

A witness told Omaha television station WOWT that the girl’s hair got caught in a spinning ride called King’s Clown.

Police say the girl was not thrown from the ride.

WOWT reports that other children in her compartment began screaming for help, and the ride was stopped.

The ride was shut down Saturday, but other rides at the carnival continued to operate.