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Ferris wheel worker falls to his death

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GREENSBORO -- After 50,000 visitors and six days of rides, food and fanfare, tragedy follows this year's Greensboro Youth Council's annual carnival.

Officials say 42-year-old Michael Douglas Cook, of Columbus, Ga. and another unnamed worker fell from the ferris wheel while working to take it apart. It happened around 2 a.m. Monday. The men were a part of a five man crew with a Georgia-based carnival, Drew Exposition.

Each year the company sets up, operates and dismantles more than 25 rides at the event. However, this year instead of packing up all of the rides and moving on, the company is part of an ongoing investigation led by Greensboro Police and the Department of Labor.

"We are assisting them. They are assisting us and doing an investigation into exactly what happened and the chain of events that caused these injuries," said Cpl. Mike Matthews.

Early reports suggest a broken cable may have caused the fall.

Drew Exposition is sending a company inspector to the site from his home in Florida. In a statement, the company said that it is saddened by the loss of one of its workers and the injury of another. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP