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Police: One girl in ICU among three who fell from Tennessee fair ride

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Members of the Greeneville Fire Department help people off the ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair Monday night. AP photo Members of the Greeneville Fire Department help people off the ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair Monday night. AP photo

UPDATE: GREENEVILLE, TN (AP) - The Latest on an investigation into how three people fell from a Ferris wheel at a county fair in Tennessee (all times local):

12:45 pm

A doctor says one of three girls who fell 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.

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.

10:45 am

Police say one of three people who fell from a Ferris wheel during a county fair in Tennessee suffered a head injury and remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Greeneville Police Capt. Tim Davis said during a news conference the other two were responsive and answering questions after falling 30 to 45 feet Monday night. He had said earlier all three were alert and responsive, but said Tuesday morning he had received new information. A second person also remained hospitalized.

Davis said the three fell when the car flipped over. The oldest was a 16-year-old girl.

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.

Officials say fair rides were closed Tuesday and won't reopen until a third-party inspection is complete.


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The Greeneville Sun (http://bit.ly/2b4q77I) reports that Greeneville Police Detective Capt. Tim Davis said all three fell 30 to 45 feet from the ride Monday evening. Davis says the oldest of the three is a 16-year-old girl.

The detective says officers were interviewing witnesses and all carnival rides would be shut down for the night.

"We treat it like a crime scene until we determine there's no foul play," Davis says. "We don't know at this time what caused the accident."

County-Greeneville EMS Operations Director T.J. Manis says those who fell were taken a hospital in Johnson City - two by helicopter and one by ambulance. Their conditions were not available.

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