Three children were seriously injured in a horrific amusement park accident after they fell from a Ferris Wheel in Tennessee on Monday evening. Three children boarded a Ferris Wheel at the Greene County Fair at approximately 6:15 p.m. According to the Greeneville police department, the cabin tipped over and spilled the three young passengers out close to 45 feet in the air. The children, a 16-year-old girl, a 10-year-old girl, and her 6-year-old sister, fell to the ground and were seriously injured. Officials say the 6-year-old girl is in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury. The 10-year-old suffered injuries to her forearms and is in stable condition. The 16-year-old girl went from critical to stable in the last 24 hours according to officials. The three girls are at the Niswonger Children's Hospital and the Johnson City Medical Center.
During a preliminary investigation, authorities believe a mechanical failure cause of the accident but a further inspection is needed. Seatbelts were not available on the ride. The last inspection of the ride is uncertain. The ride has been running without serious problems during the inspections today. All rides have been shut down until further notice. Witness say the scene was horrific and many thought the girls were dead after the fall.
The media has been flooded with the horrible stories of children being injured or killed on amusement park rides. The Centers for Disease Control report thousands are injured every year in these type of accidents. If you are a victim of an amusement park accident, contact Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, today and let a St. Louis personal injury attorneys review your claim.