3 girls fall from Ferris wheel at county fair

A doctor says one of three girls who fell 30-feet from a Ferris wheel during a county fair in Tennessee suffered a traumatic brain injury and remains in critical condition.

Dr. Bracken Burns, director of trauma services for Johnson City Medical Center, said the critically injured 6-year-old was in the seat with her 10-year-old sister and a 16-year-old female, who were both in stable condition Tuesday.

Burns said the 10-year-old suffered injuries to her forearms. He said he couldn't give out information on injuries that the 16-year-old suffered.

Greeneville Police Capt. Tim Davis said the three fell Monday night at a county fair when their seat flipped over.  The ride had apparently gotten stuck.

Asked about reports that the seat was rocking before it flipped, Davis said police have not been able to confirm that but they are still interviewing people.

One father told a local TV station that his girls were also on the ride when the incident took place.  He said his girls were very upset and crying.  "It's like a nightmare right there," the unnamed man said.

Officials say fair rides were closed Tuesday and won't reopen until a third-party inspection is complete.  Police were treating the ride as a crime scene until they could determine that no foul-play was involved.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.