DEERFIELD, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who was ejected from an amusement ride Saturday night at the annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival.
At 6:18 p.m. Saturday, the victim was ejected from an amusement ride called “Extreme.”
The girl suffered serious injuries in the fall, and was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.
Skelly’s Amusements, which is operating the rides at the three-day festival, acknowledged the tragic accident with a statement on its Facebook page.
“We are absolutely heartbroken. Words cannot express our feelings and we extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s family and loved ones. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts.”
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Skelly’s also noted that it had “been cleared to operate the remaining rides at the Harvest Festival,” which was scheduled to run through Sunday evening.
Early Sunday, festival organizers said the parade that was scheduled for Sunday had been canceled, but all other activities would continue.
The festival’s decision not to cancel the remainder of the event drew reactions from its Facebook followers.
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