Around noon on Friday, 11-year-old Abiah Jones fell from a Ferris wheel, and was pronounced dead 45 minutes later at Cape Regional Medical Center. Just a day after the tragedy, Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier in Wildwood reopened at noon Saturday.
Jones was a student at PleasanTech Academy Charter School in Pleasantville, NJ. She was on a class trip visiting the amusement park at the piers' annual Education Extravaganza, an event for students grades 3 to 12.
The Ferris wheel, a 156-foot-tall ride, is considered the tallest on the East Coast.
Jones' body was found in the passenger loading area of the ride on the boardwalk, which leads authorities to believe she fell from the top of the ride considering the trajectory of the fall. The gondolas are believed to be secure with a double latch, and it is difficult to climb out of the car for its door opens inward.
Investigators are searching for the cause of the accident, but police don't believe it was caused by a mechanical failure.
This was the first ride-related death in the history of the Morey Organization, which owns amusement parks at the Jersey Shore.
All three of Morey's Piers were closed at 5 p.m. on Friday in respect for Jones' family.
The ferris wheel remains closed indefinitely. Further information is not expected to be released on Saturday.