Girl Dies from Ferris Wheel Fall in Wildwood, NJ

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A young student on a class field trip died after she fell from a Ferris wheel in Wildwood, NJ, ABC affiliate WPVI reported.

The incident reportedly occurred at around 12:30 p.m. in Morey’s Mariner’s Landing Pier.  It is unclear about how the girl fell from the ride. There is an investigation underway by the park’s management, and they have stated that there was nothing mechanically wrong with the Ferris Wheel.

Reports have been conflicting on whether the young girl was 11 or 12 years old, and police have not released what school she attended.

NBC news explains that although there seems to be nothing wrong with the ride they do not believe that the fall was intentional or that there was rowdiness involved. Police believe that it was simply a “freak accident.”

The ride was 156 feet high, approximately the height of a five-story building, and the young girl was quickly rushed to the Cape Regional Medical Center where she later died.

The ride was among the largest of the Ferris wheels on the East Coast but has been closed as well as several other rides on the Pier due to this incident, AOL reported. The ride first opened in 1985 and has not had an incident until now.

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