3 children fall from Ferris wheel in Tennessee

Emergency crews unload the ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn., Monday, 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. (Dale Long/The Greeneville Sun via AP)

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three people who fell 30 to 45 feet from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee were responsive and answering questions Monday night, police said.

The oldest of the three who fell from the ride at a county fairground is a 16-year-old girl, according to Greeneville Police Detective Capt. Tim Davis.

The detective told sources that officers were interviewing witnesses to determine what happened.

“We treat it like a crime scene until we determine there’s no foul play,” Davis said. “We don’t know at this time what caused the accident.”

The company that runs the midway will have 24 hours to file a report with state regulators and have a third-party safety inspection, he said.

All of the people who fell were taken to a children’s hospital in Johnson City — two by helicopter and one by ambulance — according to Greene County-Greeneville EMS Operations Director T.J. Manis. Their conditions were not available.

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