3 girls fall from Tennessee ferris wheel

By Shawn Price

GREENEVILLE , Tenn., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Three girls are recovering in the hospital after falling from a ferris wheel Monday at a county fair in Tennessee, police said.

The basket the girls were riding in reportedly caught, then turned upside down and dropped the girls 35 to 45 feet, said Greeneville police Capt. Tim Davis. All three were rushed to a local hospital, with two flown by helicopter. All the girls are conscious and alert.


The girls' names have not been released.

All rides at the county fair were shut down until an independent inspector can approve operations.

"It was like watching water pouring from a glass," said witness Gregory Lynthacum of Washington County. "They bounced off the metal bridging of the ride and eventually hit the ground."

Greeneville Police announced a press conference Tuesday morning.

The incident comes a day after the son of a Kansas state lawmaker was killed on what is considered the world's tallest waterslide at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan.


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