WILDWOOD, N.J. -- An 11-year-old girl on a school trip to a Jersey shore amusement park died Friday when she fell 100 feet from a moving Ferris wheel.

Police Capt. Robert Regalbuto said Abiah Jones of Pleasantville, N.J., was with classmates from Pleasant Tech Academy when she fell from the ride at 12:30 p.m. She was taken to a nearby hospital in Cape May, where she was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.

"I'd like to say how sorry we are for the incident that occurred here," said Will Morey, president and chief executive of the Morey Organization, which has owned amusement parks at the Jersey shore since 1969.

Wildwood police said the cause of the fall wasn't yet known, but said there were no apparent mechanical problems.

The popular park at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier was packed with schoolchildren attending an "Education Extravaganza" promotional day.

The Ferris wheel, which was built in 1985, most recently passed an inspection on March 17, according to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. -- AP

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