Ten-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Ejected From Ride At New Jersey Festival

 

A ten-year-old girl was killed after she fell off a ride at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival on Saturday (October 12) night. Officials say the girl was on a ride called "Extreme" and was ejected around 6 p.m. She was airlifted to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Organizers with the festival decided that they would remain open on Sunday.

"The festival will be open today to offer a place for the community to come together in [the] wake of this tragedy," they wrote on Facebook.

While the festival will go on as scheduled, the rides will remain closed. Skelly's Amusements, the company that operates the rides, said they were cleared by state investigators to run the other rides, but they decided against it.

"We will not be open today at the Harvest Festival. Even though we have been given permission to operate the other rides by the state, we don't have it in our heart. We thank the sponsors of the Festival for their understanding," Skelly's Amusements wrote on Facebook.

Anybody who purchased ride tickets will receive a full refund.

Investigators are trying to determine how the girl fell out of the ride, but have not released any details about their initial findings.

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