Three hurt after Ferris wheel fall in Washington state




PORT TOWNSEND – Two women and a 7-year-old boy are recovering after falling from a Ferris wheel in Washington state.

KOMO-TV reports the incident happened Thursday evening in Port Townsend during the town’s annual Rhododendron Festival.

A witness told rescue officials that a Ferris wheel cart flopping upside down ejected the three people.

The two women and the boy fell 15 to 18 feet and landed on the ride’s metal flooring.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said a 59-year-old woman was airlifted to the Seattle hospital. Gregg said she is currently in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit, and her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Officials said the injuries to the boy and to one woman weren’t life-threatening.

The ride was shut down and cordoned off for an investigation.

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