Police investigate a carnival accident that left 10-year-old Huntley (left) critically injured at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Antioch in Antioch Sunday afternoon. | Left: Provided; Right: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

The mother of a 10-year-old boy thrown from a carnival ride in Antioch said her critically injured son has undergone major surgeries and has a “long road to recovery.”

The Antioch Police Department and Antioch Fire Department responded around 2:40 p.m. Sunday to the area of Main Street and Orchard Street for a traumatic injury call.

A 10-year-old boy was injured while riding a carnival ride at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Antioch, village officials said.

Crews discovered a seriously injured 10-year-old child who appeared to have been thrown from the Moby Dick ride.

Fire department radio dispatch indicated the child was possibly thrown 10-12 feet.

A LifeNet medical helicopter was requested and landed nearby. The helicopter flew the child to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The boy was later flown from Lutheran General to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago for further treatment due to the extent of his injuries.

A carnival accident left a child critically injured at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Antioch near the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Street in Antioch Sunday afternoon. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

He suffered multiple facial and jaw fractures and a significant injury to the bones in one leg, village officials said.

The child was listed in critical condition as of Monday morning but he is expected to survive.

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Antioch Mayor Scott Gartner used his executive authority to order the remainder of the rides at the Taste of Antioch to shut down immediately following the accident.

The child’s mother, Kayte Daniels, said late Monday evening that her son Huntley had undergone major surgeries and was stabilized.

“We got him all rested up and he is finally able to get some rest. This will be a long road to recovery! Huntley is so strong!” Daniels said.

We appreciate all the love and support, the prayers & donations from every single one of you! The Antioch community, my family and my dearest friends [love] from the bottom of our hearts we are sooo greatful! This has been very traumatic for me and my family,” she added.

Antioch Police Chief Guttschow said the department is conducting its own investigation to determine if any criminally reckless or negligent acts may have been contributing factors to what occurred.

“We will be working with the Lake County States Attorney to determine if any criminal charges will be appropriate under these circumstances,” Guttschow said.

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Police investigate a carnival accident that left a child critically injured at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Antioch near the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Street in Antioch Sunday afternoon. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

Mayor Scott Gartner and other representatives from the Village of Antioch met Monday with representatives from the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

The annual Taste of Summer carnival is organized and run exclusively by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, village officials said.

The Chamber plans and organizes the event, including choosing the carnival ride operator.

“We plan to work with the Chamber of Commerce to identify exactly what led to this horrible accident and what we can do to work together to ensure nothing like this will happen again in our community,” Gartner said.

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division is responsible for the annual inspection and permitting of public rides, village officials said.

Rides that pass inspection, are insured and meet applicable safety standards are allowed to operate in Illinois, according to IDOL.

The ride involved in the incident, which was operated by All Around Amusement of Lockport, was inspected this year and issued a permit to operate, the labor department reported.

Police investigate a carnival accident that left a child critically injured at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Antioch near the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Street in Antioch Sunday afternoon. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

Officers secured the ride to “ensure no tampering occurred” and immediately requested a state inspector to the scene.

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The inspector conducted an initial inspection of the Moby Dick ride and then issued a “stop order” on the ride to prohibit further operation until a comprehensive inspection can be conducted.

Village officials say IDOL will conduct what they call a “bolt by bolt” inspection of the ride prior to it being allowed to resume operation elsewhere.

The independent investigation to determine if the incident resulted from mechanical failure or operator error — or a combination — could take several months.

The Antioch Police Department said anyone who may have witnessed unsafe actions by carnival workers or equipment during the Taste of Summer should email Antioch police detectives at crime@antioch.il.gov.

A fundraiser has collected over $27,000 for the family of Huntley.

The boy’s uncle, Robert Pohlman, said the boy’s parents will be out of work for a while to be with him.

“He’s a strong kid. He once broke his arm and pushed the bone back in, on his own because ‘it didn’t hurt.’ Truly remarkable kid,” Pohlman said.