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New Jersey Ferris Wheel Collapses,5 Hurt

August 21, 2011

People ride an upsidedown ferris wheel in Wildwood New Jersey

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say five people were injured when a ride partially collapsed at a New Jersey amusement park where a girl fell to her death from a Ferris wheel.

Wildwood police say the center mast snapped on the sea dragon ride Friday night. It’s a pirate ship that swings riders back and forth high into the air. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the mast to break.

Officials say a teenager was sent to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Four others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The collapse was the second serious accident at the Morey’s Mariner’s Landing Pier this summer.An 11-year-old girl died in June after falling from a Ferris wheel.A park statement said the partial collapse was being investigated.

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