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Three Fall From Ferris Wheel ‘Flopping’ Upside Down at Carnival

Two women and a boy were injured from falling from a Ferris wheel at a carnival in Washington state on Thursday. They fell 15 to 18 feet from the ride which was reported to be “flopping” upside down.

The three were rushed to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle after the acident at the Rhododendron carnival in Port Townsend, reported CBS News.

A 59-year-old was in critical condition, but was expected to recover from her injuries, reported The Associated Press. The other woman is in her 40s and the boy is 7. Their injuries weren’t life threatening.

They were ejected from one of the Ferris wheel cages that was flopping upside down, a witness was reported by the AP as saying.

The ride was shut down and the accident was under investigation.

Rhododendron Festival officials released a statement about the accident late Thursday, according to CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.

“First and foremost the Rhododendron Festival would like to ask for everyone to please pray for all the victims in today’s carnival accident. This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved,” said the statement. “At this time we are letting the Port Townsend Police Department, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue and Funtastic Traveling Shows (which the carnival is owned and operated by) conduct their investigations.”

“Thank you to all the volunteers and employees that stepped up out of the crowd to make sure the victims were attended to and the incident was controlled. “

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