The injuries took place during the Rhododendron Festival in Port Townsend, Wash. They were described as a 70-year-old woman, a woman in her 40s, and a six-year-old boy, according to Beezley.
The cart abruptly flipped and sent the three passengers up in the air, heading backward toward the ground, said Bill Beezley, a spokesman with the East Jefferson Fire Department.
A witness told rescue officials that a Ferris wheel cart flopped upside down, ejecting the three people.
They landed on metal casing that supports the Ferris wheel on the ground.
Hospital staff report that she is in a critical, but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
An injured 59-year-old woman had to be airlifted to a hospital.
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By law, all amusement rides in the state must be inspected at least once a year for mechanical and electrical safety.
A fourth person refused treatment on scene, but it's unclear whether that person fell out of the Ferris wheel.
According to KIRO 7, in a statement, officials for the Rhododendron Festival asked "everyone to please pray for all the victims in.[the] carnival accident".
'This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.
Funtastic, a Portland-based company which owns the ride, said that a third-party inspector will join authorities at the scene. Thank you to all the volunteers and employees that stepped up out of the crowd to make sure the victims were attended to and the incident was controlled.