Girls Injured After Falling From Ferris Wheel

girls fall 12 metres from Ferris wheel

Three children were injured after falling from a Ferris wheel at a Tennessee county fair, police said late Monday.

Three children fell 30 to 45 feet from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee on Monday night.

Asked about reports that the auto was rocking before it flipped, Davis said police have not been able to confirm that but they still are interviewing people.

A fire chief stands on the top of a ladder at the Ferris wheel after the accident. Burns said the 10-year-old's forearms were injured, and that he couldn't release information on the other girl. The oldest was a 16-year-old girl. "They bounced off the metal bridging of the ride and eventually hit the ground", Gregory Lynthacum said.

All three girls are minors, the oldest a 16-year-old, WJHL reported.

The ride "apparently lost power causing the children on the ride to forcefully fall to the ground", Norwalk police said at the time.

The girl was riding "The Sizzler", an attraction that spins and rotates.

Davis said the investigation into the incident is ongoing, but it appears the three fell when the auto flipped over.

Witnesses told News 5 WCYB they saw the basket swinging, but investigators say early indications did not show the basket was swinging.

Authorities are investigating. Inspectors are checking the ride to see if there were any mechanical issues.

The Green County Fair announced on its Facebook page that all rides will be shut down "until further notice".

The incident happened around 6:15 the Greene County Fair.

Detectives say one victim is in the intensive care unit with a head injury and the other two victims are alert and talking.

Family Attractions must call a third-party inspector to the scene within 24 hours and they also must "cease and desist operation of the entire fair", Farrar told 10News.

According to the Greeneville News (, Family Attractions Amusement was fined in 2013 for violating safety laws in North Carolina after a Vortex ride suddenly lurched into motion as riders were disembarking, injuring four riders and a ride operator.