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Tennessee Ferris wheel that dropped girls had worn out rivets

Inspectors hired by the company and the Greene County Fair found that rivets on the gondola carrying the girls had come loose.

By: AP | Nashville |
August 13, 2016 11:16:52 am
tennessee fair wheel, ferris wheel rivel, ferris wheel fell, Greene County Fair Tennessee, world news Law enforcement cordon off the area surrounding the Ferris wheel after three people fell from the ride during a county fair in Greenville. (Source: AP Photo)

A fair ride operator has received permission to renew running its rides at Tennessee fairs — other than a Ferris wheel that dropped three girls to the ground. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the decision late Friday to allow Family Attractions Amusement to resume operations.

Inspectors hired by the company and the Greene County Fair found that rivets on the gondola carrying the girls had come loose. That caused the bottom plate to drop down and catch on the frame of the Ferris wheel and tip the girls out. The Ferris wheel, which inspectors say was correctly assembled at the site, is being sent back to the manufacturer.

Six-year-old Briley Jae Reynolds remains in critical condition, while two other girls have been released from the hospital. The girls, aged 6, 10 and 16- had a fatal fall from the Tennessee Ferris wheel’s basket as it overturned on Monday night. The older girls were sent home after some time but the 6-year-old remained in critical condition for a long time.

Reports suggest that the accident report submitted to the state Labor Department mentions that the girls’ car on the ride “got caught on a bar,” and that is what “caused car to turn over.”

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