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Woman falls from zip line at Williamson Co. Fair

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It was her first time riding a zip line, but a woman said her experience last weekend at the Williamson County Fair will be her last.

Amanda Harden was suspended nearly 10 feet in the air when the zip line broke and she was sent falling straight to the ground.

Harden's sister captured the moment on cell phone video just as the indoor adventure all went wrong.

"I went down the line, and all I can remember is I opened by eyes and I'm on the ground and it was very scary," Harden said.

She fell several feet and was immediately rushed to the hospital with a sore back. Luckily, she didn't suffer any broken bones or major injuries.

"I'm just thankful I was lower to the ground, because I could've been at the top and it could've been a lot worse," Harden said.

Adventureworks Zipline, the company operating the zip line attraction at the fair, is accustomed to giving tours from much higher elevations, as the company offers zip line tours in Kingston Springs along courses that span trees and terrain sometimes 50 feet above the ground.

Adventureworks officials said this was their first time using a mobile zip line device, and they said the device Harden was riding had only been in use for two days before she fell.

They believe the device contained a manufacturing problem with the coil stopper that caused it to break.

"No one wore helmets or hats. There were no mats underneath. If they were going to continue these things, have safety precautions in place," Harden said.

Because of her fall, Harden said her first time on a zip line will also be her last. Also, Adventureworks has closed the zip line attraction at the fair and contacted state officials to assist with the investigation.

And the company has agreed to help Harden with any medical expenses from her fall.

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