A young girl was injured on a ride at Gillian's Wonderland Pier on Sunday (Aug. 25).
The girl was standing near the 'Speedway" ride — a low-speed children's attraction in which cars move around a small oval track — when it started to operate. She reportedly suffered a leg injury.
Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Breunig confirmed on Monday that the department responded to a call about 3 p.m. Sunday and transported one person to the hospital. He said patient privacy laws prevent him from sharing information about the age, identity and condition of the person.
Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, owner of Gillian's Wonderland Pier, was unable to respond immediately to a Monday afternoon call about the accident.
“We completed our investigation today (Monday, Aug. 26) of the accident that occurred on the Speedway ride at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and determined the accident was caused by operator error," said Lisa M. Ryan, state Department of Community Affairs spokesperson. "The injured individual was on the platform when the ride started. The park has reported to us that the operator was terminated. We performed an inspection and witnessed an operational test on the ride and found no mechanical problems with the ride."
The ride was operating and busy on Monday evening at Wonderland Pier. A sign indicates that children must be at least 3 feet tall to ride.