3 fall from Ferris wheel in Washington

3 fall from Ferris wheel in Washington

3 fall from Ferris wheel in Washington

"When I saw the first person hit the ground, I just grabbed my two-year-old and closed my eyes, and I didn't know if they were dead or alive or if we were going to fall", she said.

Several people were injured after falling off a ride at a fair in Washington late Thursday, officials said.

Harborview officials said the 59-year-old woman is in critical condition.

She estimated that the people were about 15 to 20 feet from the platform when the bucket flipped and said it appeared that they were propelled higher than the bucket itself.

An injured 59-year-old woman had to be airlifted to a hospital.

The other two patients suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend to be evaluated. The boy has since been released.

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East Jefferson Fire and Rescue spokesman Bill Beezley says an eyewitness reported a Ferris wheel cart flopping upside down, ejecting the three occupants.

The Port Townsend Fire Dept. told Q13 FOX several people fell off the ride at Memorial Field in Port Townsend, located about 55 miles northwest of Seattle.

According to KIRO 7, in a statement, officials for the Rhododendron Festival asked "everyone to please pray for all the victims in.[the] carnival accident". It took approximately one hour to get everyone off the Ferris wheel.

'This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.

The Ferris wheel is operated by Funtastic, based in Portland.

Funtastic has been in operation since the 1950s. "This is a bad, awful thing", said Ronald Burback, president of Funtastic.

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