Worker fired after girl, 4, injured on ride in Ocean City, New Jersey

August 26, 2013 8:31:53 PM PDT
An amusement park ride operator has been fired after a 4-year-old girl was injured Sunday in Ocean City, N.J.

Tiffany Witt of Marlton, N.J. tells Action News her daughter MiKayla went to the Wonderland Pier for a day of fun with her uncle.

According to witnesses, the girl was riding in a race car ride, when things went terribly wrong.

"It started to go, and I guess when it whipped around it flung her out and she got caught," said Witt. She said MiKayla was stuck underneath as the ride dragged her.

The child suffered bruising and is in a cast. She will need to see an orthopedist in the coming weeks.

Earlier, the girl's uncle told Action News it appeared the operator did not buckle her into the ride.

"What I saw was her actually being dragged from at least 10, 15 feet on the platform. I'm not sure if they saw her or if they secured her in the car, or if they did one last check before they started the ride. But before I knew it, we ended up having to lift the car up to get her out from underneath of it," he said.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' Carnival and Amusement Safety unit investigated the accident on Monday and determined the accident was indeed due to operator error.

The ride operator was terminated Monday.

It is not clear if either the operator or the owner of Wonderland Pier will face additional penalties or charges.


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