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(GREENEVILLE, Tenn.) — A 6-year-old girl suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling about 35 to 45 feet to the ground in a ferris wheel accident Monday night, officials said Tuesday.

The ferris wheel’s cabin tipped over around 6:15 p.m. at the Greene County Fair in Tennessee, sending the 6-year-old, her sister and a teenage girl to the ground.

The 6-year-old’s sister, who is 10, is in stable condition with forearm injuries, according to the Johnson City Medical Center and Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

The teenager, who is 16, was initially listed in critical condition but is now considered stable, the officials said Tuesday.

It’s still unclear what caused the accident, the Greenville Police said Tuesday morning.

As investigators head to Greeneville, authorities said Tuesday that the inspections could take a few days.

Fair grounds officials said Tuesday they do not know when the ride was last inspected.

“We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers for those injured tonight at the fair. We are deeply shocked and saddened,” the Greene County Fair said in a statement. “All rides have been shut down until further notice.”

The fair, which began on Aug. 7, runs through Aug. 13.

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