14-year-old boy in critical condition after falling from Ferris wheel at Scheels

This Scheels' Ferris wheel, located in Sparks, Nev., is similar in size to the one at the Sandy location. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/

SANDY, Utah, Jan. 22, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after falling from a Ferris wheel at the Scheels store in Sandy on Tuesday afternoon.

Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said the boy was with his father at the store at 11282 State St. when he fell from the ride at approximately 3 p.m.

“When officers and medical arrived on scene they did find a boy that had fallen from what appears to be the Ferris wheel,” Nielsen said. “The information I have on his condition is that he is in critical condition at this point.”

He added that officials are investigating what led up to the fall, but they do not believe at this time the incident was suspicious.

“At this point it sounds like a tragic accident, and our hearts go out to the family and everybody who is involved in this,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen said the boy reportedly is autistic.

It’s not clear how far the boy fell, but Scheels says on its website that the Ferris wheel, which is in the center of the store, is 65 feet high and has 16 cars.

Nielsen said there may be an update on the incident later Tuesday evening.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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