News – AU – The driver’s tearful testimony


The driver on duty when an eight-year-old girl was killed on the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014 has submitted an emotional account of how the accident played out

CJ And Sons amusement operator Brandon Miller testified on video link Monday while investigating the death of Adelene Leong, who was thrown off the AirMaxx 360 ride at 100 km / h after slipping off her seat belt

Mr. Miller advised the investigation that one of his responsibilities is to finalize the size of the people boarding the AirMaxx 360

He informed the Adelaide Coroners Court that he had left the control booth two to three minutes before the fatal journey to fetch a bottle of water from the office while passengers disembarked and new passengers boarded

Mr. Miller said the only people trusted to operate the AirMaxx 360 when it took breaks were the co-owners, both of whom were absent that day

A pair of escorts were assigned to check that the seat belts and seat belts of the passengers were fastened

Mr Miller said he came back and checked that this was the case for every passenger and checked the control panel to make sure everyone was locked in place

He fought tearfully, remembering Adelene being the last to be checked, noticing her mother near the ground near

“I remember smiling at her mother and Adelene was very excited She waved to her mother as the ride blew up, “he said

From his position in the control room, there was a brief moment when Adelene was hidden behind a wall before she emerged on the other side, where he watched her “try to readjust” before going out her strap slipped

He called the owners of the ride before helping Adelene on site

The court heard last week that Adelene’s mother, who was observing the incident from the ground, had to alert attendants that her daughter was not properly strapped in before the ride began

One arm of the ride was not used due to technical problems with the seat belt sensor

Mr. Miller also said he could not remember the measuring post recommended a minimum of 120 cm for the ride, even though a limit of 140 cm was given in the machine’s instruction manual

The court heard that Mr Miller was previously instructed by WorkSafe Victoria to increase the minimum height to 130 cm after injuring a child at the Royal Melbourne Show

In a police statement, Mr. Miller alleged that he advised customers not to drive the AirMaxx360 if they exceeded the minimum height by less than two inches

He told the court that, in addition to height restrictions, he used “common sense” in allowing people to ride, which he believed was industry standard

“When someone has approached the ride and has a small body structure with a thin physique, it is obviously important that they ride,” he said

He couldn’t recall a litany of technical problems with the machine or the co-owners struggling to get certification to use the ride in Australia

Adelene Leong, Accident, Adelaide

News – AU – The driver’s tearful testimony