2 women, boy hurt after Ferris wheel fall in Washington state

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

At least three people, including a child, were seriously injured after falling 30 feet from a Ferris wheel at the Rhododendron Festival in Port Townsend on Thursday night.

A 47-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy were transported to Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, according to ABC affiliate KOMO.

One of the victims, a 59-year-old woman, is in critical but stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries after being airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, confirmed a hospital spokesperson.

The fire department said they inspected the rides before the festival.

Police said that the cabin with visitors of the attraction rolled over and fell out, people after was heard the gnashing and the fall of some object.

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He said this is the first time an accident like this has happened under their watch.

The president said the company hosts week-long safety seminars for operators and government officials.

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

That ride is operated by a Portland company called Funtastic Shows, which also provides rides for City Fair.

Labor and Industries told Q13 News that it was revoking the permit for this particular ride. "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved", said the statement. They said the local police department, fire and rescue and Funtastic will be carrying out investigations. "Once again please keep the victims and their families in your prayers".

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