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New Safety Precautions As Wildwood Ferris Wheel Reopens Saturday

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(credit: CBS 2)

(credit: CBS 2)

WILDWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Ferris wheel from which an 11-year-old girl fell to her death earlier this month will reopen on Saturday with new safety precautions.

Morey’s Piers in Wildwood says in a statement that it accepts 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.

On June 3, 11-year-old Abiah Jones of Pleasantville was on the ride on Mariner’s Landing at Morey’s Piers when she fell more than 100 feet as the Ferris wheel was turning. The exact cause of the incident still hasn’t been determined.

Police said there was no sign of any horseplay on the ride or any indication that the fall was intentional. Jones was at the amusement park for a class trip.

Her parents have called for the installation of seat belts or some other sort of restraining device on Ferris wheels nationwide.

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