What started out as a fun day at an amusement fair ended in tragedy and the death of a 10-year-old girl in New Jersey.
The little girl fell Saturday from a device at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival fair, New Jersey police said in a statement. The victim was shot out of a device called Extreme and sustained serious injuries from the fall, the statement added.
The girl was taken by emergency helicopter to Cooper University Hospital, where her death was certified at 7:20 pm, about an hour after the incident. The child's identity has not yet been revealed. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to authorities. The device spins at high speed in a horizontal circle, the police document added.
After the minor's death, the Deerfield Township Harvest festival shared a message on its website announcing that it had canceled all its events on Sunday, the day after the tragedy. However, they confirmed that they would remain open and that everything would continue as planned after that day.
"We have learned through the police that the young person involved in the accident has died due to his injuries, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," said the message of the fair. "The festival will be open today to provide the community with a place to gather after this tragedy."
On Facebook, Skelly's Amusements, the company that operates the devices for this fair, thanked paramedics, New Jersey police, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department and volunteers who helped after the devastating incident.
"Our hearts are broken," said the company. “There are no words to express what we feel and we offer our deepest condolences to the family and their loved ones. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts."
Skelly's Amusements also confirmed in that message that they obtained permission to continue operating all the rest of the devices at the fair where the girl died. Rest in peace.
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