The girl, identified as Ms Siriwan Latbasri, suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm and internal bleeding whereas her relative, 19-year old Ms Penpicha Latbasri, also suffered a fractured skull.
Both were immediately rushed to Somdet Phra Yupparaj hospital in That Phanom district for emergency medical treatment.
Police said that the ferries wheel was operated by Star Nasa company. The wheel is about seven metres from the ground and it has eight carriages. Only the carriage ridden by the two victims disconnected and crashed onto the ground.
The girl’s father, Mr Mongkol, told police that they were waiting at the foot of the ferries wheel videotaping the machine with his smartphone. After just 1-2 minutes since the wheel started moving, he said the carriage fell onto the ground.
Police later detained the operator of the wheel, Mr Suvit Seripong, for questioning. It was suspected that two of the four screws which held the carriage with a hand of the wheel broke.
The company said that it had an insurance with Viriya insurance company and promised to take care of the two victims’ medical expenses.