Three children fell from a Ferris wheel on Monday when a Ferris wheel basket overturned at the 67th Greene County Fair in Tennessee.
Details of the Ferris Wheel Accident
According to NBC News, 911 began receiving calls around 6 pm that at least three children had fallen from an overturned Ferris wheel basket to the ground below. The children fell an estimated 40 feet from the ride, more than three stories.
Greeneville Police Captain Tim Davis told reporters that two of the children were air lifted to a local trauma center. An ambulance transported the third child to the same facility. According to WBIR, one of the children is in intensive care.
An investigation of the Ferris wheel accident is underway, and all of the rides at the fair have been shut down pending independent inspection. Officials have not released the identities of the chidlren involved.
Carnival Ride Injury Statistics
The following information was provided by NBC News:
- Laws and regulations for carnivals rides differ from state to state, enabling carnivals to move states and continue operating after an injury has already occurred on one of their rides.
- 300 million people ride carnival rides every year in the United States.
- More than 30,000 people were sent to the ER in 2015 for carnival ride related injuries.
- According to the CPSC, 52 people died in amusement park ride accidents from 1990 to 2004.