Local I-Team: Investigation Finds Problems With Trucks Bringing Rides For Delta Fair

MEMPHIS, tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The Local I-Team has uncovered the Feds are investigating the company setting up the rides at the Delta Fair.

There are questions about the trucks being used to haul the carnival rides. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the trucks are not authorized to be on the road.  

Delta Fair organizers hired Reed Exposition Midway, a company out of Texas, to operate rides at the Agricenter.

In the past, fair organizers used Amusements of America, the same company that was behind a ride that malfunctioned last month in Ohio. After that incident, they decided to bring in Reed.

Now there are questions about the new company. "Those trucks have been running up and down the interstate all year long," said Mark Lovell, Delta Fair Organizer.

If you look at the trucks, they are labeled Reed Exposition. There is an official Department of Transportation number on the side. However, if you look up that number, according to the Feds, the trucks should not be operating. 

Online Department of Transportation records show the company is under an out-of-service order, which went into effect four months ago.

"I don't know anything about that, but I'm sure if it's out of compliance, it's probably a minor technical thing and they will take care of it," said Lovell.

The Local I-Team has learned a complaint was filed with the Tennessee Highway Patrol Monday, and inspectors are looking into it.

The owner of Reed didn't want to go on camera, but over the phone told the Local I-Team, despite what is on the side of the trucks, he contracted with a different company to haul the carnival rides around.

If that is the case, according to federal law, that company's name and valid Department of Transportation number should be listed on the side of the truck.

After we started asking questions, we found the trucks were moved away from the Agricenter, down a dirt road. They are now parked in a field not easily visible to the public.

"You want to ask me about a DOT thing? I have zero respect for your news organization," said Lovell.

Lovell doesn't seem to think this is an issue, but a Tennessee Highway Patrolman the Local I-Team spoke with said without a valid DOT number on the side of a truck, it should not be on the road. 

The owner of Reed Expositions Midway says regardless of how the carnival equipment got here, the rides are safe, and he doesn't understand why this is an issue.

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