Girl, 10, dies after being ejected from festival ride in New Jersey

Clay Curtis
October 15, 2019

State Police said the girl was ejected from the "Xtreme" - also known as the "Super Sizzler," by amusement ride manufacturer Wisdom - at the 41st Deerfield Township Harvest Festival at the Rosenhayne Fairgrounds on Morton Avenue around 6:15 p.m.

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

Police say the 10-year-old sustained serious injuries. She was airlifted to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The cause and circumstances of her death remain under investigation. The company said on Facebook page that it was "absolutely heartbroken" by the death and cooperating with investigators.

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

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Law enforcement officials at the scene of an incident at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. We have learned from the State Police that the young person involved in the accident has succumbed to her injuries. Friends posted tributes to her online, identifying her as a fifth grade student at Deerfield Elementary School.

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

Organizers for the festival shut down rides on Sunday pending completion of inspections of the rides by the state of New Jersey. "We thank the sponsors of the Festival for their understanding", Skelly's Amusements wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

The harvest festival organizers said the festival is open Sunday "to offer a place for the community to come together in wake of this tragedy".

Authorities haven't said much about the investigation. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family", festival operators said.

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