Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Rain 65° Rain
News >  Washington

Fun-Tastic responds to lawsuit over Ferris wheel fall

Associated Press

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – The company being sued after three people fell from a Ferris wheel in Port Townsend has responded to the federal lawsuit, denying any negligence or liability.

The Peninsula Daily News reported Tuesday that Fun-Tastic Shows of Oregon said it is the fault of Shawn Swartwood, her partner Crystal Groth and Groth’s 7-year-old son, Mikhail Groth Swartwood, that they were all injured in the May 18 fall.

The Port Townsend family members initially filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Superior Court against the ride operator for damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost income, but it was moved to federal court.

The three were riding a 40-foot Ferris wheel when the gondola flipped upside-down, dumping them roughly 15 feet onto the ride’s metal platform.

The Ferris wheel in question has been put back into service.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox

Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.