Two women and a child fell 18 feet from a ferris wheel in Washington on Thursday.
A 7 year-old boy, 59-year-old-woman-, and a 47-year-old woman tumbled out of the cart as it flipped over, according to East Jefferson Fire officials. The three fell 15-18 feet onto the ride’s metal base.
The 59-year-old woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with multliple fractures and an open head injury. The hospital said the woman is in critical but stable condition.
“The woman took the brunt of the fall. The other people fell on her,” said fire department spokesman Bill Breezly.
Kiro News reports the three tried to hang on before falling. Witnesses told the news outlet the ferris wheel made a strange sound before they saw the cart tip over.
The 47-year-old and the young boy were treated with non-life threatening injuries. The young boy has already been released from the hospital.
Although the ride has been shut down, officials said they will not be closing the festival. The festival’s vice president, in addition to the president’s children, were on the ride when the incident occurred.
“This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved. At this time we are letting the Fort Townsend Police, East Jefferson and Fire Rescue, and Funtastic Travelling Shows, conduct their investigations,” the statement read. “Thank you to all of the volunteers and employees that stepped up out of the crowd to make sure the victims were attended to and the incident was controlled. Once again please keep the victims and the families in your prayers.”
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