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One man killed as Halloween bungee jump turns deadly

Published 29/10/2006

A man died after his head slammed into the side of a trailer as he bungee jumped out of a tree to frighten passengers on a Halloween-themed hay ride.

Several hundred people were attending the Trail of Spooks Hay Rack Ride on Saturday night when Frank Kester was fatally injured.

``The cable that kept him suspended snapped,'' said Kassie Johnson, who was on the ride when the accident occurred. ``At first I thought it was just a dummy falling out of the tree. The trailer bumped up in the air when he hit. Then everyone started screaming.''

The 1.5-mile-long trail, which was open Friday and Saturday, raises money for the community's volunteer fire department. Kester was among more than 100 volunteers who participated.

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