Wildwood Ferris Wheel Reopens After Accident

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

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011  |  Updated 4:05 PM 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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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 Piers in Wildwood had accepted state Community Affairs Department recommendations that there be a minimum of two passengers per car.

It is also raising the minimum height requirement from 54 inches to 60 inches.     

The cause of the incident that claimed the life of Abiah Jones of Pleasantville has not been determined. Her parents have called for the installation of seat belts or some other sort of restraining device on Ferris wheels nationwide.     

Jones was on a school trip and alone in the gondola when she fell to her death on June 3.


 

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