The 67th annual Greene County Fair kicked off Monday in Greeneville with a midway full of rides and a "fairest of the fair" pageant.
Police said that a 911 report came in shortly after 6 p.m. about a Ferris wheel basket overturning, sending three children plunging an estimated 35 to 40 feet — or more than three stories.
Two of the children were flown by helicopter to a local trauma center while the third went to the same facility by ambulance, Greeneville Police Capt. Tim Davis told reporters.
Members of the Greeneville Fire Department help people off the ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn., on Aug. 8, 2016. A few people who fell 30 to 45 feet from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee were responsive and answering questions Monday night, police said. O.J. Early / The Greeneville Sun via APAll three are "awake, alert" and answering questions, Davis added, saying the "children are fine."
He did not name the juveniles.
Davis said an investigation was underway into what caused the basket to flip and that all rides at the fair have been shut down pending a third-party inspection.
A message posted on the Greene County Fair's Facebook page urged prayers for the injured and their families.