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Device at center of fatal fall at rec park was functioning

Posted at 2:34 PM, Jan 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-14 16:34:19-05

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Investigators say the device at the center of a fatal bungee accident at an indoor recreation park in western Colorado was functioning properly.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment worked with the manufacturer to test the device and is now investigating other reasons for the Jan. 4 fall that killed 20-year-old Ciara Romero.

The woman was participating in a 70-foot (21-meter) bungee-jump feature at Get Air at the Silo when she fell. Participants climb one of the silo’s towers, then transfer to a wooden platform and jump off while attached to a rope.

Users fall for about 20 feet (6 meters) and are caught by the device and lowered slowly to the ground.

Get Air says it is cooperating with investigators.