3 fall from Ferris wheel ride in Washington state at festival

Two women and a boy were hurt after they fell 15 feet from a Ferris wheel in Port Townsend

Gregg says she is now in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit, and her injuries are non-life threatening. One of the women improved from critical to serious condition Friday morning. The cart slowly tipped over and dumped the passengers.

Officials say a 69-year-old woman, a woman in her 40s and a 6-year-old boy fell 15 to 18 feet and landed on the ride's metal flooring.

Responders were told the cart was faulty, and the after-hours number for the State Department of Labor and Industries was called.

He said this is the first time an accident like this has happened under their watch.

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Picture shows the Ferris wheel where three people fell 30 feet, authorities say.

He said he will wait for police to allow the company to look at the machine. Church said insurance companies will do the bulk of the investigation along with local law enforcement.

"This is about as bad as it gets in the amusement ride business".

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 Rhododendron Festival would like to ask for everyone to please pray for all the victims in today's carnival accident", read a statement from the Jefferson County Rhododendron Festival.

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