Woman Falls From Lawrenceburg Ferris Wheel

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- A 60-year-old woman was in the hospital yesterday after surviving a 25-foot fall from a ferris wheel.

Gracie Hinson suffered a broken femur, ribs and collar bone after she slipped out of her seat and fell onto the center axle of the big wheel at the Middle Tennessee District Fair in Lawrenceburg.

The retired librarian and underwent surgery and was resting at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The wheel was been shut down and was undergoing an inspection yesterday. It could reopen today if no mechanical problems are found.

All the fair's rides were inspected before the it opened last week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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