The 77th Annual Chelsea Community Fair runs through Saturday. FILE PHOTO--WASHTENAW NOW

Ferris Wheel Accident: The 77th Annual Chelsea Community Fair runs through Saturday. FILE PHOTO–WASHTENAW NOW

Crutches May Have Played a Role in Freak Ferris Wheel Accident

Chelsea, Michigan – A 16-year-old teenager and her 8-year-old baby brother were enjoying a ride in a Ferris wheel when the cabin they were sitting in tipped over dumping them onto the ground below. Thankfully, both sister and brother survived. The lad was released from the hospital after being treated for his injuries, but his sister remains hospitalized for observation. Authorities have yet to speak with her, but already they believe her crutches played a role in the accident. By “played a role”, they mean the crutches outright caused the accident. The entire apparatus was inspected for 3-4 hours following the accident and found to be free of defects or mechanical failures.

Authorities aren’t sure how the crutch was able to get out of the cabin and jam against the Ferris wheel so as to flip the cabin, but they believe that is what occurred. They suspect that the crutch slid out of the cabin. The teen was nursing a previous knee injury and was using the crutches to walk about. Emergency crews responded quickly to the accident and got both victims rushed to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The incident took place at the annual county fair.

Accident: A brother and sister were seriously injured when they fell out of a ferris wheel at a Michigan county fair on Thursday

Accident: A brother and sister were seriously injured when they fell out of a ferris wheel at a Michigan county fair on Thursday

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One witness said the cabin carrying the victims was between the 3 and 4 o’clock positions when the occupants suddenly fell to the ground. In all, they fell a distance of 3m (~10 ft.) to 4.5m (~15 ft.) Initial reports had both children listed in critical condition, but as stated, the boy was released and his sister remains under observation. One witness recalls shouting aloud her exasperation at watching the children fall to the ground. The boy was conscious, but bleeding. His sister was listless. The organization for the county fair has told the press the Ferris wheel was inspected prior to the event launching and found to be safe for operation.

Getting better: Natasha McElrath (pictured) and her 8-year-old brother were hospitalized after falling out of the ferris wheel. None of their injuries are life threatening

Getting better: Natasha McElrath (pictured) and her 8-year-old brother were hospitalized after falling out of the ferris wheel. None of their injuries are life threatening

Reference material:

Ferris Wheel Accident

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/08/investigators_believe_they_kno.html