3 fall from Ferris wheel in Washington


Two women and a boy were hurt after falling 15 feet from a Ferris wheel in Port Townsend Thursday.

KOMO-TV reported the incident happened in the downtown area during the Rhododendron Festival.

A cart they were riding in flipped upside down which caused them to fly into the air and land on the metal flooring below the Ferris wheel, authorities say. Harborview officials said the 69-year-old woman is in critical condition.

The ride was shutdown following the incident.

A crew with the state Department of Labor and Industries is investigating whether a part detached from the ride.

First responders at the scene of a Ferris wheel where three people fell at a carnival in Washington state on Thu., May 18, 2017.

Kiro News reports that the passengers tried to hold on before they fell to the ground. "The others may have landed on her", Beezley said.

Talking to one Rhody organizer who had been attending Rhody Festivals for 40 years, Beezley said, "She couldn't remember another incident like this". It's unclear if they were involved in the 30-foot fall.

The statement continued, "At this time we are letting the Port Townsend Police Department, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue and Funtastic Traveling Shows (which the carnival is owned and operated by) conduct their investigations. This is a awful, bad thing", the company's president, Ronald Burback said during an interview with KIRO.