Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Three people fall from ferris wheel ride in Washington

Three people fall from ferris wheel ride in Washington

A fourth person refused treatment on scene, but it's unclear whether that person fell out of the Ferris wheel.

The ride ended prematurely for some Ferris wheel riders in Port Townsend Thursday night.

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.

Another bucket seat above also started swaying, but did not flip over.

East Jefferson Fire and Rescue spokesman Bill Beezley says an eyewitness reported a Ferris wheel cart flopping upside down, ejecting the three occupants. The boy was released from the hospital on Thursday night.

"I don't know which one it was, I think the women in her 40s, completely saved the little boy's life".

The ride was shut down.

By law, all amusement rides in the state must be inspected at least once a year for mechanical and electrical safety.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries says while all rides are inspected, that's not a guarantee against accidents.

The operators, from Portland-based Funtastic Traveling Shows, did not appear to notice immediately.

The festival says authorities and the company that owns the carnival equipment are investigating.

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. "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved". "Once again please keep the victims and their families in your prayers".

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