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Ferris Wheel Fright: Two Women & Child Plummet From Ride After Cart Flips Upside Down

Fri, May 19, 2017 3:03pm EDT by Add first Comment
Jefferson County Rhododendron Festival Ferris Wheel
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Talk about a nightmare! Three people were left severely injured after a Ferris wheel malfunctioned at a local carnival, causing them to fall out of the ride and drop 18 feet! One woman received the brunt of the force as her body broke the fall for the other two — including a 7-year-old boy! So sad.

Two women (47 and 59 years old) and a 7-year-old boy tragically fell from a Ferris wheel in Washington state on the evening of May 18, and they’re currently recovering — one woman still in critical condition at the hospital. The three carnival goers were enjoying a ride on the attraction, which took place in Port Townsend during the town’s annual Rhododendron Festival, when the cart they were riding in, suddenly flipped upside down. As a result, the three people plummeted 18 feet to the ground! They ended up landing on the metal base at the bottom of the ride, according to East Jefferson Fire Department spokesman Bill Beezley, reports Daily Mail.

But those three weren’t the only ones affected. A fourth person was actually slightly injured as well after he was clipped by one of the victims as they fell, according to ABC News. The 59-year-old woman was the most seriously injured, and she had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She suffered multiple fractures and even an open head injury, Bill explained. “The women took the brunt of the fall. The other people fell on her,” he said. She is currently in critical but stable condition, according to hospital staff, and she has no life-threatening injuries — thank goodness!

Onlookers who witnessed the scary accident, told Kiro News that the ride “made a grinding sound” and then “something appeared to fall out, the cart slowly tipped over and dumped the passengers.” Apparently the three victims tried to hold on before they fell to the ground. The 47-year-old woman and the boy were taken to a local hospital, but the child has since been released. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries. It’s no surprise the ride has been shut down and cordoned off for an investigation into the incident. However, officials have stated that the festival itself will NOT be cancelled.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — does this scary incident make you never want to ride another carnival attraction again?