CHELSEA (WWJ/AP) — Authorities say a teen’s crutches might have caused a Ferris wheel cab to tip and two children to fall about 15 feet at the Chelsea Community Fair on Thursday.
A 16-year-old girl boarded the ride with crutches Thursday night and investigators said they could have slid out and lodged in a way that caused the tip.
The girl was with her 8-year-old brother, who has been released from the hospital as she remains there for observation. The ride reopened Friday after passing inspection by state regulators.
The children were taken to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and were in critical condition.
Chelsea resident Alex Keszler says she was standing by the Ferris wheel around 8:20 p.m. when she saw that one of the cabs got caught on another one, causing the cab the boys were riding in to tip forward as the Ferris wheel rotated.
Keszler says the opening of the cab “just dumped the kids out.”
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)