DES MOINES, IA – Tragedy struck the Iowa State Fair on Friday as a several democratic presidential candidates were injured as a malfunctioning Ferris Wheel jolted to a stop, stranding them several hundred feet in the air for nearly three hours.
At around 11am, Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, as well as John Delaney, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and John Hickenlooper boarded the Ferris Wheel for photo opportunities and chances to meet with various superdelegates who were also on board. About three minutes into the ride, the wheel ground to a halt thrusting the candidates into the metal safety bars on their respective cars.
Fire crews soon arrived on the scene, and after securing the Ferris Wheel, utilized several ladder trucks to rescue the candidates before transporting them to area hospitals.
According to Des Moines Fire Assistant Chief Todd Patava, the presidential hopefuls suffered various injuries including bruises, concussions, and in the case of Warren who was taking a selfie at the time of the incident, a broken wrist. One candidate, John Delaney, panicked and tried climbing down the structure, but was rescued by firefighters. Fortunately, there were no fatalities.
After his rescue, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker told reporters that if stronger safety regulations had been in place, this accident would have been averted.
A spokesman for the Iowa State Fair told BeetPress “the candidates were enjoying their time on the Ferris Wheel, when, unfortunately, a bolt came loose and crippled the attraction. We have investigators looking into what may have caused the malfunction,” adding “the safety of presidential candidates is our top priority.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who had skipped the Ferris Wheel ride in favor of a second trip to the ice cream booth, heard the commotion and rushed to the scene to help, saying “I saw those guys up there, and I was powerless to do anything. Thank god for the brave firemen who came to the rescue. They did an extraordinary job. President Obama and myself wish the candidates a speedy recovery.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham denied accusations that the incident was an act of sabotage perpetrated by the Trump administration.