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Three people, including child, fall 30 feet from ferris wheel

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PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. - At least three people, including one child, fell 30 feet from a Ferris wheel at the Rhododendron Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, on Thursday night.

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A woman in her 70s, a woman in her 40s and her six-year-old child were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. 

Police were told the ride made a grinding sound and something appeared to fall out. The cart slowly tipped over and dumped the passengers.

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They tried to hold on, but fell violently, hitting the wheel near the 20-feet mark.

People on the scene said it appeared a pin or section came off the wheel, but it’s unclear what exactly fell out from the ride. 

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Responders were told the cart was faulty, and the after-hours number for the State Department of Labor and Industries was called. A crew with Washington State's Labor and Industries department is investigating whether a part detached from the ride. 

The operators did not appear to notice immediately.

A fourth person refused treatment on scene, but it’s unclear whether that person fell out of the Ferris wheel. 

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Celebrated the third week each May, the Rhody Festival in Port Townsend is a community tradition dating back to 1935. It honors the Washington State flower with its festival and scholarships.