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2 adults, 1 child hospitalized after falling from Ferris wheel

19 May, 2017, 17:33 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • 2 women and boy injured in fall from Ferris wheel in Port Townsend; one believed critical

Other rides were not shut down after the accident, which occurred about an hour and 45 minutes after the carnival opened at 4 p.m. for the Rhododendron Festival.

East Jefferson Fire and Rescue spokesman Bill Beezley says an eyewitness reported a Ferris wheel cart flopping upside down, ejecting the three occupants.

The two women and the boy fell 15 to 18 feet and landed on the ride's metal flooring.

Picture shows the Ferris wheel where three people fell 30 feet, authorities say.

When the three fell, "one of them lightly clipped a 30-year-old man on the way down", Beezley said, but the man declined medical attention. Her boyfriend went to Jefferson Healthcare Hospital afterwards, to have his head checked out. The other two riders suffered non-life threatening injuries. The boy was released from the hospital on Thursday night.

Janke said it was a terrifying experience, but she also believes it could have been even worse had it not been for the heroic actions of one of the victims.

Firefighters said the whole tub tipped over before they fell.

Those responding to the scene were told that the cart was faulty.

"This is about as bad as it gets in the amusement ride business".

The Ferris wheel is operated by Funtastic, based in Portland.

Officials said she is in critical condition. "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved".

At this time, Washington State's Labor and Industries department is investigating the incident. Any detailed inquiries regarding the incident need to be directed to the above mentioned agencies.

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