3 girls seriously injured after ferris wheel basket flips at Tenn. county fair

3 Injured After Ferris Wheel Basket Flips at County Fair

Three girls were seriously injured after they fell from a Ferris wheel at a county fair in Tennessee Monday night.

According to local police, one of the ride's baskets appeared to get caught as the wheel lifted it upward. Witnesses at the Greene County Fair say the girls suddenly spilled out of the ride and plummeted 35 to 45 feet to the ground.

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"We're treating it like a crime scene at this point so we can determine whether there was any malfunction, make sure that there was no foul play, that it was just an accident," Greeneville Police Department Capt. Tim Davis told CBS.

Local station WATE reports two of the children were immediately taken to a local hospital by helicopter, and one was transported by ambulance.

One witness told WJHL: "It dumped them out totally like a glass of water on the ground. They bounced off the steel, and then they hit the ground once again."

One girl reportedly suffered a head injury and is in intensive care. Their names have not been released, but police say the three girls are from two different families.

The incident comes just two days after a 10-year-old boy was killed while riding the world's tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas. Police said the boy died from a neck injury.

As for this most recent incident, police say all rides at the Greene County Fair will remain closed until all investigations are complete. All other events for the fair will continue as planned.

See social media reaction to the incident:

Social media reactions to Tenn. ferris wheel accident
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Social media reactions to Tenn. ferris wheel accident
Inspectors are on scene at the #GreeneCountyFair going over the #ferriswheel @WJHL11 @ABCTriCities @CurtisWJHL https://t.co/hCXAP8cIZh
All events and shows on schedule at Greene County Fair. All rides closed until cleared by state.
Watching this presser on the girls who fell off the Ferris wheel. Why do people get on those anyway?
Ferris Wheel at Greene County fair still roped off hoping to learn more info from press conference today. @WJHL11 https://t.co/QXXgVHxRY1
Waiting for officials to get update on three girls that fell from Ferris Wheel 30-40 ft. Live streaming on @wvlt. https://t.co/PnWwlcYoIt
Another photo of the ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair, where three riders fell 40-50 feet this evening. https://t.co/zkpS0AhFGA
WATCH: "I actually thought they were dead." 3 young girls hospitalized after their ferris wheel basket flips over. https://t.co/M7SCWWP2dF
Nightmare at the fair! Three children fall from out of Ferris wheel basket in Tennessee https://t.co/e2mexys9tJ

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