3 fall from Ferris wheel in Washington

Two women and a boy were hurt after falling 15 feet from a Ferris wheel in Port Townsend Thursday.

A witness told rescue officials that a Ferris wheel cart flopped upside down, ejecting the three people.

The cart abruptly flipped and sent the three passengers up in the air, heading backward toward the ground, Beezley said.

They tried to hold on, but fell violently, hitting the wheel near the 20-feet mark.

A 47-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy were transported to Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, according to ABC affiliate KOMO.

One of the victims, a 59-year-old woman, is in critical but stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries after being airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, confirmed a hospital spokesperson.

"It went all the way up and as it started coming back down nearly at the very top, the cart right above us started shaking", said Dusty Janke-Call, who was on the Ferris wheel in a bucket seat directly below the one that tipped over.

First responders at the scene of a Ferris wheel where three people fell at a carnival in Washington state on Thu., May 18, 2017. "And people watching the ride started screaming".

The company has been in business since the 1950S - and hosts annual safety seminars attended by amusement ride operators from around the country.

A fourth person refused treatment on scene, but it's unclear whether that person fell out of the Ferris wheel.

Officials have shut down the ride while Port Townsend police investigate the incident.

Police were told the ride made a grinding sound and something fell out when the cart tipped over, the Seattle-based station reported.

  • Larry Hoffman