OWOSSO — An Owosso man was severely injured Saturday, losing part of his leg below the knee after a workplace accident during the Curwood Festival.

Nick Chapman, 22, was working on the Fire Ball ride at the carnival in Owosso when his right leg became trapped under the ride.

Owosso Public Safety Director Kevin Lenkart said the incident was handled quickly by the company that operates rides during Curwood Festival.

“It was a workplace accident handled by the carnival, he was transported by our EMS to Hurley in Flint,” Lenkart said.

The Michigan office of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs did not return calls seeking information today.

In a Facebook post, Chapman’s mother, Stephanie Chapman, said he was in stable condition.

“He has lost the lower part of his right leg below the knee,” she wrote. “He is stable but please pray for him… He will have a long recovery ahead of him. His dad and I would like to thank everyone who assisted in his care… This is a very scary ordeal for all of his family.”

In a statement, Skerbeck Family Carnival described the accident.

“During a routine safety and maintenance check on the Fire Ball, before opening on 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, there was an employee involved in an accident. He was taken to Hurley Medical in Flint,” the statement said. “He is in stable condition. We continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers. We’d also like to thank all of our employees, the Police and First Response of Owosso, and the Curwood Festival for their prompt response to [the] situation. We have no further information at this time.”

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.