Last Thursday, three girls were seriously injured when their Ferris wheel cart overturned and they fell three stories in a horrifying carnival accident at the Greene County Fair in Tennessee. There is an ongoing investigation, but right now officials are blaming mechanical failure for the accident.
The girls, ages six, 10 and 16, were enjoying the Ferris wheel when their gondola became caught on a bar, causing the cart to tip 90 degrees and dump the children out. The girls fell 35 to 45 feet, hitting the ride’s metal bridging on their descent.
The six-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury when she landed on her head on the ground. The 10-year-old suffered forearm injuries while the 16-year-old was listed in critical condition but stabilized overnight, despite significant injuries.
The children were rushed to a nearby hospital where they received immediate medical treatment. They six-year-old was in critical condition and was kept in the pediatric ICU.
Amusement Park Injuries Around the Country
The Greene County Fair accident was one of four amusement park accidents around the country just last week, including:
- A 10-year-old boy died at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, after suffering a neck injury on a waterslide.
- Two riders were treated for minor injuries after their launch cable separated at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
- A boy fell from a rollercoaster at Idlewild & Soak Zone in Pennsylvania.
This was the eighth injury incident on an amusement park ride this summer, according to Tennessee authorities. Other amusement park injuries include broken wrists, kneecaps and arms, along with back injuries.
If you or your loved one has been injured by a roller coaster, contact the personal injury lawyers at Greg Coleman Law to review your claim. If your injury was caused by negligence, you be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of income and other expenses.