PD: Teen who fell from Ferris wheel appeared to be climbing down ride

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. -- A 14-year-old boy apparently was climbing down the support arms of a Ferris wheel before falling to the ground Saturday night in El Mirage, according to police.

El Mirage detectives said the teen and his 3-year-old sister boarded the Ferris wheel at the El Mirage Fall Festival at Gateway Park. Their mother and the ride operator helped secure the seat belt and pull-down safety bar.

Witnesses told police they saw the boy out of the Ferris wheel bucket and said that he appeared to be climbing down the support arms of the ride. He lost his grip and fell approximately 15 feet to 20 feet.

The El Mirage police and fire departments were already on scene and were able to render immediate aid. The teen was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital for treatment of his injuries and has been released.

Sgt. Robert Peoples said the boy's sister was not injured.

"From witness accounts of the incident, it does not appear that the equipment malfunctioned," Peoples said in a news release.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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