Last Thursday, an 11 year-old girl was thrown from a carnival ride at the Western Montana Fair and suffered serious injuries.

KGVO spoke with Erica Grinde, Risk Management specialist with Missoula County who said they are always careful to complete due diligence with every outside entity that operates at the fair.

“Anytime there’s an event of this nature on county property or at a county sponsored event, the county does the work it needs to do to understand what happened,” said Grinde. “The reason being that of course, there is always the potential that a liability claim could be filed against the county.”

Grinde said the carnival’s management company was well covered by risk insurance in case of just such an accident.

“For this sort of a contract we ask that they carry insurance in the amount of $1 million per occurrence, and they $2 million in the aggregate,” she said. “This company also has an umbrella policy which means excess insurance over and above that amount.”

The identity of the victim and her condition as of Monday has not been made public, but Grinde said everyone at the county and at the fair are wishing her a speedy and complete recovery.

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