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New Jersey amusement park ride shut down after injury

Amusement parks are popular summer destinations along the Jersey Shore for tourists and locals alike. During this past Fourth of July week, the Seaside Heights amusement park Casino Pier closed one of its rides after it malfunctioned, injuring a visitor. The 51-year-old Philadelphia woman was on the Crazy Bus, a children's ride, with her two grandchildren when it malfunctioned around 9:30 p.m. on July 5.

According to a witness, whose attention was turned to the ride when he heard the woman scream, she was helping the children off the ride when it unexpectedly moved and she fell off the entrance ramp. A police officer said, however, that she may have fallen over a railing.

The two young children reportedly ended up stranded at the uppermost point of the ride for some time until they could be retrieved. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Casino Pier said that it contacted the Carnival-Amusement Ride Safety Unit, which is the unit of the Department of Community Affairs responsible for ride inspections. A spokeswoman for the park said the ride would not reopen until the investigation was completed.

The spokeswoman said that all rides are inspected by operations and maintenance crews each day. This is the first reported instance of an injury on this ride.

The Crazy Bus is described on the amusement park's website as a "brightly colored school bus that moves in a vertical, magic carpet motion." It revolves in the same way a Ferris wheel does, but the "bus" remains level. Children are allowed on the ride, but must be with an adult if they're under 42 inches tall.

Even rides designed with children in mind can be dangerous if they malfunction or if proper precautions aren't taken by staff members whose job it is to monitor them and their occupants. Sometimes, even when you believe a ride has come to an end and all is safe, things can go wrong.

Holding amusement parks, fairs and other venues that spring up around New Jersey during the summer responsible for injuries can prove challenging. A New Jersey personal injury attorney can advise you about your legal options and guide you through the process if you pursue civil action.

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