According to the Associated Press, Abiah Jones of Pleasantville was with her classmates from Pleasant Tech Academy when she fell from the ride at 12:30 pm yesterday. She was driven to hospital but pronounced dead 45 minutes later. Police said that the tragedy did not appear to be intentional and it is—for now anyway—being referred to as a “freak accident”.
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The Ferris wheel was built in 1985 and passed an inspection just a few months ago. So far there doesn’t appear to be a mechanical problem with the ride, but it will remain closed until the investigation is over, said Morey.
“The odds of being seriously injured at one of the United States' 400 fixed-site amusement parks are 1-in-9 million,” said Colleen Mangone, a spokeswoman for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. However, the National Safety Council reports that the estimated number of amusement ride-related injuries on fixed-site rides nationwide was 1,086 or 0.6 per million patron rides in 2010.