3 Children Fall 35 to 45 Feet From Ferris Wheel in Greene County, Tenn.

Police said the children were awake, alert and answering questions.

ByABC News
August 9, 2016, 6:17 AM

— -- Three children fell up to 45 feet from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee Monday night, police said, but appeared to be OK.

The incident happened around 6:15 p.m. at the Greene County Fair.

According to Detective Capt. Tim Davis, of the Greeneville Police Department 911 dispatchers received a call about an overturned basket on the ride.

Police estimate the children fell 35 to 45 feet.

Two of the victims were airlifted to a local trauma center, and one went there by ambulance.

Davis said all three were awake, alert and answering questions.

"We have no idea," how the accident unfolded, Davis added.

The Green County Fair announced on its Facebook page that all rides will be shut down "until further notice."

Fair officials did not immediately have comment but were planning a news conference in the morning.