NJ Girl's Deadly Ferris Wheel Fall Still a Mystery

Investigators can't pinpoint a cause for an 11-year-old's fatal fall at Morey's Piers

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011  |  Updated 8:36 AM EDT
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Abiah Jones was alone in a gondola of the Giant Wheel at Morey's Piers in Wildwood on June 3 when she plunged 100 feet.

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Investigators say they don't know what caused an 11-year-old girl's deadly fall from a Ferris wheel on an amusement pier at the New Jersey shore.

The state Department of Community Affairs released a preliminary incident report Monday. It found no mechanical defects.

Abiah Jones was alone in a gondola of the Giant Wheel at Morey's Piers in Wildwood on June 3 when she plunged 100 feet.

The report says a video camera captured part of the Pleasantville girl's fall but not the moment she fell.

The department says it's recommending operators require a minimum of two riders per gondola in the future.

Morey's Piers spokeswoman Lindsey Young tells The Press of Atlantic City the company is reviewing the report.

A date to reopen the ride hasn't been determined.

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