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Posted by on Oct 1, 2007 in Tomfoolery | 0 comments

Come on, Granny, sit down. Seriously…

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. – A popular carnival ride was shut down after a 60 year old woman fell 30 feet from the top of a ferris wheel bucket.

The victim, a 60 year old woman, had to be taken by life flight to Vanderbilt Friday night, but not before a dramatic rescue from the center axle, of a giant ferris wheel.

Eyewitness at the Middle Tennessee District Fair in Lawrenceburg said before she fell she was standing in the bucket waving.

Sean Johnson caught the rescue on his video phone. A high rise rescue was required. Officials said the woman’s fall came to rest at the center axle of the ferris wheel, tangled in spokes lying flat on her back.

“She was struggling a bit trying to roll herself over,” said Fair Communications Director, Bill Phillips.

He said the emergency officials got to her immediately and were able to secure her. They lowered her safely to the ground.

Gracie Henson,60, is a retired school librarian at Crocket Elementary school. She suffered a broken collar bone, ribs and leg.

Phillips said the ride is shut down until a neutral inspector can check every inch of the ride for mechanical mal-function.

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