911 Recordings Released in NJ Festival Accident That Killed Toddler

Horrified witnesses made desperate 911 calls after watching a 2-year-old girl get hit by a vehicle at a New Jersey fall festival earlier this month, recordings released by authorities show.

Elizabeth Fuehring was fatally hit by a shuttle bus on Oct. 12 near Alstede Farms in Chester, where a weekly fall festival was being held.

"Alstede Farms, I need an ambulance, a child's been hit by a car," one caller said. 

"There's a little girl, there's a child -- she's bleeding from the mouth and they're doing chest compressions on her," a woman said. 

Another caller said she couldn't tell if the girl was awake, but pleaded, "An ambulance needs to come."

In yet another 911 call, no caller could be heard on the other end, only multiple people screaming and crying in the background as the dispatcher repeated: "Hello? Hello?"

Authorities have ruled the girl's death accidental. The medical examiner said she died of blunt head trauma.

Residents living nearby say that traffic has been an issue at the festival for years, and that not enough police officers are on hand to direct the thousands of visitors who come to pick pumpkins and go for hayrides each autumn.

Chester Mayor Bill Cogger says that the problem has gotten worse as the festival at the private farm has become more popular.

"There has been an incredible increase in traffic in Chester over the year and it's to the point where it's dangerous," he says.

Shortly after the accident, Alstede Farms posted a condolence message on its Facebook page, writing, "The Alstede family and staff grieve and mourn for the families impacted by the motor vehicle accident." 

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