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3 injured after falling from Ferris wheel in Port Townsend

UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

An arial shot of the Ferris wheel at Port Townsend, Wash. where earlier three people were reported to have fallen from a malfunctioning car. (Courtesy of KIRO7 News)
An arial shot of the Ferris wheel at Port Townsend, Wash. where earlier three people were reported to have fallen from a malfunctioning car. (Courtesy of KIRO7 News)

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – Authorities say two women and a child fell from a Ferris wheel and were injured in Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula.

KOMO-TV reports the incident happened Thursday evening in the downtown area during the Rhododendron Festival.

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

Officials say a 69-year-old woman, a woman in her 40s and a 6-year-old boy fell 15 to 18 feet and landed on the ride’s metal flooring. Officials say the older woman was in critical condition while the injuries of the other two were not life-threatening.

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

Officials said the rest of the festival is continuing as planned.



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