Girl Falls from Wildwood Ferris Wheel, Dies

Friday brought sad news from Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey: An 11-year old girl has died after falling from the Giant Wheel, NBC Philadelphia reports.

The as-yet unnamed girl was on the moving Ferris wheel roughly half-way up the ride when she fell from the car at around 12:30pm, police told the station. That's the equivalent of falling from the top of a five-story building.

Local police told local NBC report Ted Greenberg that the girl was likely on a school trip at the time of the incident, which has been ruled a freak accident. Greenberg tweeted a photo from the scene (click here to view).

Morey's Piers released a statement saying: "The Morey staff and family offer our thoughts and prayers to the family."

The Associated Press reports that the Ferris wheel and several others have been closed.

The Ferris wheel is among the largest on the East Coast.

UPDATE: The park is now closed, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

UPDATE 6/4: The girl has been identified as Abiah Jones, the New York Post reports.

Check out views from the Ferris wheel below:

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