Crutches might have caused Ferris wheel cab to tip

A photo of the Chelsea Community Fair in 2013. (Photo credit: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce/ chelseamich. com)
A photo of the Chelsea Community Fair in 2013. (Photo credit: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce/ chelseamich. com)

CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a teen’s crutches might have caused a Ferris wheel cab to tip and two children to fall about 15 feet at a southeastern Michigan fair.

The Ann Arbor News reported Saturday that a 16-year-old girl boarded the ride with crutches Thursday night at the Chelsea Community Fair. Investigators say they could have slid out and lodged in a way that caused the cab to tip.

The girl was with her 8-year-old brother, who has been released from the hospital. The girl has not.

Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth says officers will speak with the girl before determining the cause.

Witnesses say one of her knees was bandaged before the accident.

The ride reopened Friday. Chelsea is about 15 miles west of Ann Arbor.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News

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