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Five killed in 65-foot plunge from S. Korean Ferris wheel

August 14, 2007|From the Associated Press

seoul -- Five family members fell 65 feet to their deaths from a Ferris wheel Monday after the car they were riding in unexpectedly overturned at an amusement park, police said.

Two members of the family in the car hung on and survived without injury, police officer Yoon Jae-man said.

Jeon Un-sung, 70, one of those rescued from the ill-fated car in the southern city of Busan, said that "the slowly moving gondola suddenly stopped and turned upside down, and family members fell in a flash" when the window behind the seats fell out of the car, according to Yonhap news agency.

The 216-foot-high "Giant Wheel" ride has 42 cars. It is among about 30 rides at a mobile amusement park that opened in Busan last month for a 40-day run, Yonhap reported.

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