Heart-stopping video: Carnival worker falls when trying to rescue kids on Ferris wheel


While trying to repair a malfunction on a Ferris wheel Friday night at a North Carolina fair, a worker fell from his perch to the ground–as horrified onlookers screamed–in a heart-stopping moment.

Several videos of the incident were posted on Facebook, including one by Crystal Lowe, who confirmed it happened at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Ferris wheel ride had been stopped for repairs sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m., after one of the ride’s gondola cars began to tilt out of its normal position. Two boys, ages 5 and 7, were stuck in the tilted gondola car.

Fair workers had climbed up into the Ferris wheel, attempting to pass tools back and forth to each other to fix the tilted gondola car, when the car one worker was standing on tilted, sending him plunging down through the rails of the ride.

WFMY News said the injured worker was transported to the local hospital for treatment and was released after being treated for only minor injuries. Crystal Lowe, who posted one of the videos of the incident, stated she heard the man only received a broken finger from his fall.

The gondola was back in working order and the ride was back in use by Sunday.

In an interview with ABC News, the 7-year-old child who had been trapped on the ride said, “I thought something bad was going to happen, like one of us was going to pass. I’m never going to do any more rides at the fair unless it’s a bumper car. That’s the only thing I might do.”

The first video below is a compilation of footage from several different witnesses, who captured the horrifying moment the worker fell from the ride.

Below is the original and complete Facebook video shared by Chrystal Lowe:

The following news videos include interviews with the children who were stuck in the malfunctioned gondola car and their mothers.

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