Tragedy struck the Greene County Fair in Tennessee when a ferris wheel car flipped over and catapulted three young girls off the ride. One of the victims is in critical condition after the horrific incident.
It’s unclear what exactly went wrong on the ride, but a photo shows two ferris wheel cars flipped on their sides, and police confirmed that three girls, ages 16, 10 and six, were injured. The older children are in “stable condition,” while the youngest is in “critical condition” with a head injury, according to People. Luckily, they were all alert and answering questions after the fall, although two were airlifted and one was driven to the hospital.
“I actually thought they were dead,” one witness told ABC News, adding that it seemed like it was a “millennium” before the ride stopped. “It was so horrific.”
“We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers for those injured tonight at the fair,” the Greene County Fair’s Facebook page read. “We are deeply shocked and saddened. We are not releasing names out of respect for the families involved. All rides have been shut down until further notice. Safety crews and agencies were on site and responded immediately. Please keep these families in your prayers.”
The day after the Aug. 8 incident, all the rides at the fair were inspected to determine if they were safe enough to continue running throughout the carnival’s duration. So far, no update on when the fair will re-open has been given. It is estimated that the victims fell 35-45 feet when their car on the ferris wheel caught onto another one, spinning it around 90 degrees upside down.
“We will be relying heavily on the inspector to know whether there was mechanical issues,” Capt. Tim Davis confirmed. “If there was neglect or anything like that.” So sad.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that this happened?