TW: mentions of child death. A girl has died after being flung from a ride at a New Jersey festival. According to CTV News, the tragedy struck this past Saturday at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival. The 10-year-old was enjoying a ride dubbed "Extreme" when she was unexpectedly thrown from her seat, suffering serious injuries that required immediate medical treatment. Those on the scene called the emergency services, who airlifted the child to Cooper University Hospital. She sadly passed away at 7.20 p.m, one hour after the incident occurred.
It's still not known what caused the tragic accident, or the extent of the child's injuries. At the time of writing, she remains unnamed and her family has yet to release a statement. Police described the ride as one that spins passengers in a horizontal circle, similar in fashion to those frequently in play at many festivals and fayres across the world.
Operators of the ride, Skelly's Amusements, have reported that they are fully cooperating with the investigation. In a statement posted to their Facebook page, they said the following:
"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." The statement, released on Sunday, October 13, concluded, "Based on the preliminary investigations conducted by the authorities having jurisdiction, we have been cleared to operate the remaining rides at the Harvest Festival." However, in an updated post the company, who has just over 3,000 likes on the social media site, announced they would remain closed as they "don't have it in (their) hearts."
The comments section is alive with speculation as to what caused the accident, but no official reason has been released yet. One commenter suggests Skelly's and the person working the ride have been cleared by the state, but we were unable to corroborate this information. Festival organizers canceled the parade due to take place on Sunday but continued on with other planned activities. The statement said, "The festival will be open today to offer a place for the community to come together in the wake of this tragedy."