ILIGAN CITY – It was an evening of entertainment at a city fair for the Dalaygon family, until their Saturday night carnival ride at Diyandi Fiesta Park in Barangay Saray became a nightmare.
The carriage in which they were separated from the rest of the children's ride, where four members of the family were seriously injured – parents Lemuel Dalaygon, 29, a barangay kagawad and Aila, 30; and children of eight and seven years old. All victims are residents of Barangay Kalapagan, Initao, Misamis Oriental.
Only the four-year-old child was spared from injuries because she ended up on top of his father when they were thrown away.
The eight-year-old boy underwent surgery on his right leg after it was broken. The left palm of his father was ripped open while his left knee was also injured. His mother's breast touched the steel barrier, while his seven-year-old sister was also injured.
The victims now recover in a private hospital in Iligan City. Their attending doctor declared them in a safe condition.
Carnival Ride owner Jeiralyn Rosales is committed to paying all expenses of the family in the hospital.
"I am aware that it is our responsibility as owner, no matter what happens to our riders, it was an accident and we are now working on repairing our journeys to prevent the same accident," Rosales said.
She said that she had just bought the unit in May and that the Iligan trade fair was only the fourth area where the ride was performed.
Iligan City Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz said that the unity of the local government will strictly enforce the safety rules because of what has happened.
"Nobody can endanger the safety of the people, and if the operators do it again, we'll throw them out of the pista park," he said.
The Diyandi Fiesta Park, which opened on September 1st, is part of the celebration of the whole month's party.
Apart from fairground rides and fairs, food stalls, fruit stalls and ready-to-wear shops were also found in the park.
Iliganons celebrate the feast of patron saint St. Michael the Archangel on September 29 / kga
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