Tennessee

Report: Ferris wheel that dropped girls had worn out rivets

Law enforcement cordon off the area surrounding the Ferris wheel Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, after three people fell from the ride during a county fair in Greenville, Tenn. Baileyton police Officer Kenneth Bitner is visible at right. Police say one of three people who fell from the Ferris wheel suffered a head injury and remains hospitalized in serious condition. (O.J. Early/The Greeneville Sun via AP)

Law enforcement cordon off the area surrounding the Ferris wheel Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, after three people fell from the ride during a county fair in Greenville, Tenn. Baileyton police Officer Kenneth Bitner is visible at right. Police say one of three people who fell from the Ferris wheel suffered a head injury and remains hospitalized in serious condition. (O.J. Early/The Greeneville Sun via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A fair ride operator has received permission to renew running its rides at Tennessee fairs — other than a Ferris wheel that dropped three girls to the ground.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the decision late Friday to allow Family Attractions Amusement to resume operations.

Inspectors hired by the company and the Greene County Fair found that rivets on the gondola carrying the girls had come loose. That caused the bottom plate to drop down and catch on the frame of the Ferris wheel and tip the girls out.

The Ferris wheel, which inspectors say was correctly assembled at the site, is being sent back to the manufacturer.

Six-year-old Briley Jae Reynolds remains in critical condition, while two other girls have been released from the hospital.