Published: Tue, October 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

10-year-old girl dies after falling off carnival ride, police say

10-year-old girl dies after falling off carnival ride, police say

The New Jersey State Police is investigating the death of the girl who sustained fatal injuries after she was ejected from an amusement ride.

Police said the "Extreme" is a Wisdom Super Sizzler amusement ride that spins passengers in a horizontal circle.

Officials say the girl was airlifted to Cooper University Health Care in Camden where doctors pronounced her dead shortly after her arrival.

Skelly's Amusements, which provided the rides, said they would not be present at the festival despite receiving permission to operate other rides, adding they will issue refunds.

"We are absolutely heartbroken".

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"Words can not express our feelings and we extend our deepest sympathies to the individual's family and loved ones", the post reads.

At the festival Sunday, resident Alex Ortiz told NJ Advance Media that her daughter was friends with the victim.

Organizers also extended thoughts and prayers to the family and said the festival would remain open "to offer a place for the community to come together in wake of this tragedy".

The festival did reopen Sunday, though the carnival rides sat still and quiet.

Skelly's earlier said that, based on the preliminary investigations, it had been "cleared to operate the remaining rides" at the festival. "We thank the sponsors of the festival for their understanding", the company said.

Authorities haven't said much about the investigation. In a statement Sunday, Department of Community Affairs spokeswoman Lisa Ryan confirmed the investigation and called what happened an accident.

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