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Three people fall from Washington Ferris wheel

Three people fall from Washington Ferris wheel

The Ferris wheel was shut down while the rest of the Rhododendron Carnival at Memorial Field in downtown Port Townsend continued Thursday evening.

The two women and the boy fell 15 to 18 feet (4 to 5 meters) and landed on the ride's metal flooring.

"Witness reported that their cart kind of spun sideways and all three were ejected simultaneously out of it", Beezley says.

Janke-Call said she and her boyfriend heard a grinding noise right before the bucket tipped over.

'The women took the brunt of the fall.

"We don't know if it's a mechanical issue", Beezley said. She was listed in critical condition but her injuries were described as non-life threatening.

They tried to hold on, but fell violently, hitting the wheel near the 20-feet mark. Gregg says she is now in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit, and her injuries are non-life threatening. The boy has since been released.

Talking to one Rhody organizer who had been attending Rhody Festivals for 40 years, Beezley said, "She couldn't remember another incident like this".

The festival Vice-President Brandi Hamon and President Debbie La Follete's sons were at the top of the Ferris wheel during the accident.

The accident happened around 6:30 p.m.at the Rhododendron Festival. "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved". According to an East Jefferson Fire PIO, the Ferris wheel was in operation when one of the bucket seats flipped over.

Independent inspectors are due to join the investigation with state and federal authorities onsite today.