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A developmentally disabled man who slipped from a Ferris wheel car and dropped between the machine's spokes during a fair Tuesday is in good condition.
31-year-old Caleb Hill fell from the car during a visit to the Mississippi Valley Fair. He was one of 120 clients of Davenport's Handicapped Development Center attending the first day of the fair called "Special Needs Day."
Witnesses said Hill and a caregiver were at the top of the 50-foot wheel when the ride stopped to let on more passengers. That's when 5-foot, 100-pound Hill slid under the safety bar and was caught by his companion.
The female caregiver eventually lost her grip and Hill fell and landed first on one set of spokes and then another a few feet down. He clung to the metal bars, and several employees of ride operator Evans United Rides scaled the wheel and secured him.
Hill was transferred to Genesis Medical Center-East. His condition was reported as good with minor cuts and bruises.