New Jersey Ferris Wheel Where Girl Fell to Death Reopens

June 20, 2011

A southern New Jersey amusement park Ferris wheel from which an 11-year-old girl fell to her death this month is back in service with new safety precautions.

The attraction at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood reopened early Saturday afternoon.

Morey’s has implemented state recommendations that there be a minimum of two passengers per Ferris wheel car. It’s also raising the minimum height required for someone to ride the 156-foot-high Ferris wheel from 54 inches to 60 inches.

Pleasantville resident Abiah Jones was on a school trip and was alone in a Ferris wheel car when she fell June 3.

The cause of her fall hasn’t been determined. Her parents have called for the installation of seat belts or other restraining devices on Ferris wheels nationwide.

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