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Girl dies after fall from Ferris wheel

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:47 AM
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Girl dies after fall from Ferris wheel

By Katie Silver, CNN
June 3, 2011 10:44 p.m. EDT
Abiah Jones fell at Morley Piers Mariner's Landing Pier about 12:30 p.m., police say.
Abiah Jones fell at Morley Piers Mariner's Landing Pier about 12:30 p.m., police say.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 11-year-old girl fell Friday afternoon
  • She was on a school trip
  • The cause of the fall is unknown
  • The ride passed state inspection in March
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(CNN) -- An 11-year-old girl died Friday after falling from a Ferris wheel while on a class trip to an amusement park in New Jersey, police said.

Abiah Jones fell at Morley Piers Mariner's Landing Pier about 12:30 p.m., according to the Wildwood Police Department.

First responders gave her first aid and took her to Cape Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about 1:15 p.m., according to police.

The girl was riding one of the park's main attractions, "The Great Wheel." At 156 feet, it's one of the tallest wheels on the East Coast, according to Morley Piers spokeswoman Lindsey Young.

The cause of the girl's fall was unknown and the Wildwood police and the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office continue to investigate.

The Carnival Amusement Inspectors of New Jersey were also on the scene Friday afternoon conducting their own investigation, police said.

It is the first time someone has fallen from the ride since it opened in 1985 and the park has suffered no other guest fatality, Young said.

The ride was inspected by the state in March and passed, Young said.

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hippiemamaof2
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:49 AM

holy crap. 

and my 4 year old wants to ride a ferris wheel. 

I may be passing.. 

Hottmomma607
by Trica on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:24 AM

With any of those rides there could be danger. I cant imagine getting a phone call like that? Just so sad! I wonder happen? Poor baby girl! May she RIP.

sad

NewMama28
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:25 AM
So sad!
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mom2ljh
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:26 AM
Heaven has gained too many young angels today. This is the second death if a child I have read of today. How very heart wrenching.
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kitty8199
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Poor girl.  You know she was so scared.

LyTe684
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:31 AM
They go to places like for school trips??? Since when???

Poor girl :(
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MIA0223
by Michelle on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:59 AM
We went to wildwood for our 8th grade end of the year trip. Rode the ferry over.


Quoting LyTe684:

They go to places like for school trips??? Since when???



Poor girl :(

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MIA0223
by Michelle on Jun. 4, 2011 at 8:03 AM
This was on thenews last night. So sad. This trip was for the students who did good in the school year, attendence, behavior and grades. So sad. The school is offering greif counceling to students because many of her classmates saw her die. They talked to a witness. It was graphic!
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xCottonCandyx
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 8:04 AM
I went to disney in 4th,5th,6th,8th and 10th grade :o

Quoting MIA0223:

We went to wildwood for our 8th grade end of the year trip. Rode the ferry over.




Quoting LyTe684:

They go to places like for school trips??? Since when???





Poor girl :(

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ToriBabe1221
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 8:07 AM
Omg!!!! :(
That poor baby!!!!!

I've always been terrified of falling. I wonder if another kid was playing and pushed her?

Terrifying.

My 12 year old sister just went on a trip to busch gardens with her school on friday. I can picture this all to well. I'm so sick to my stomach now.

Rip baby girl. Prayers to your family
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