Newcastle Shriner go-cart death caused by mechanical failure

Posted May 06, 2012, at 3:09 p.m.

NEWCASTLE, Maine — Investigators are blaming a mechanical failure for a go-cart accident that killed an Anah Temple Shriner last fall during a parade in Maine.

The victim, 59-year-old Marvin Tarbox Jr., died after his go-kart toppled off a ramp and overturned during a stunt on Oct. 8. He was hit by two go-carts following behind.

The Portland Press Herald says Tarbox’s cart overturned because the leading edge made contact with the ramp, causing a weld on the ramp to fail. Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department says a bent axle or other problem may have caused the cart to sit too low.

Leaders of Maine’s two Shrines say they have good safety records and don’t plan major changes based on the isolated accident during the Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest.

 

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