Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

2 women, boy hurt in fall from Ferris wheel in Port Townsend

2 women, boy hurt in fall from Ferris wheel in Port Townsend

They were ejected from one of the Ferris wheel cages that was flopping upside down, a witness was reported by the AP as saying. The woman is "serious but stable in intensive care with non-life threatening injuries", Gregg said.

A fourth person was slightly injured after he was clipped by one of the victims who fell from the Ferris wheel but he refused medical treatment, ABC News reports.

Fire officials say the victims - a 70-year-old woman, a woman in her 40s and a 6-year-old boy - were in the same cart that abruptly flipped, sending them into the air and then down 15 feet.

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People on the scene said it appeared a pin or section came off the wheel, but it's unclear what exactly fell out from the ride.

The riders - a 59-year-old woman, a 47-year-old woman, and a 7-year-old boy - were taken to hospitals, according to a Port Townsend Police Department spokesperson.

Rhododendron Festival officials released a statement about the accident late Thursday, according to CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.

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She estimated that about 15 people were riding the Ferris wheel at the time and described it as a "violent accident".

By law, all amusement rides in the state must be inspected at least once a year for mechanical and electrical safety.

Responders were told the cart was faulty, and the after-hours number for the State Department of Labor and Industries was called.

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The festival says authorities and the company that owns the carnival equipment are investigating. "Once again please keep the victims and their families in your prayers".

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