Three Fall From Ferris Wheel 'Flopping' Upside Down at Carnival

Three people fall from Ferris wheel ride in Washington

The ride was shut down and the accident was under investigation. Friday morning crews could be seen inspecting the ride. They fell about 15 feet to a grassy area adjacent to the ride, he said. According to KOMO, 3 people were knocked out of the ride when a witness said the cart they were in flipped upside down.

The three people had been in the same cart on the Ferris wheel, which had been set up for the Rhododendron Festival at Memorial Field, said Bill Beezley, a public information officer with the East Jefferson Fire Department.

"I've been coming here for 40 years and to my knowledge this is the first time they've ever had an accident", said Cartmel. All three landed on the metal casing supporting the Ferris wheel on the ground. "We would never want this to happen to anybody", Burback said.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries says while all rides are inspected, that's not a guarantee against accidents.

It's now unclear what - if anything - fell from the ride.

That September, there was a mechanical problem on Funtastic's Kersplash ride at the Washington State Fair, and four people had to be removed from the ride with a lift, Erlich said.

The Ferris wheel is operated by Funtastic, based in Portland. No one was injured. Mikhail Groth Swartwood, 7, and Crystal Groth, 47, suffered minor injuries. "It took a few seconds for the ride operator to stop the ride".

State officials said it's up to Funstastic and all amusement companies to hire a third-party inspector to check out each ride before the state issues a permit for it.

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