Girl, 10, Dies After Plunging From Harvest Festival Ride In NJ

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October 13, 2019 - 1:27 pm
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BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) -- A 10-year-old girl who plunged from a ride at a harvest festival in southern New Jersey has died, authorities said.

State police say troopers were called to the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival in Cumberland County on Saturday evening.

Police said on their Facebook page that the girl was "ejected'' from a ride called "Extreme," which is a Wisdom Super Sizzler amusement park ride, at about 6:18 p.m. Saturday.

The girl was airlifted to Cooper University hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

The "cause and circumstances'' of the death remain under investigation, police said.

Organizers said the festival will be open "to offer a place for the community to come together in the wake of this tragedy.''

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family," organizers said.

They say rides and games are temporarily closed pending completion of state inspection of rides.

Sunday's parade was also canceled, but all other scheduled events are to continue.

Skelly's Amusements of Williamstown it's "absolutely heartbroken'' and is "fully cooperating'' with the state investigation.