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Ride collapses at amusement park

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- An amusement park ride designed like a giant pirate ship that swings back and forth partially collapsed at a New Jersey amusement park where a girl fell to her death from a Ferris wheel in June.

The center mast snapped Friday night on the Sea Dragon ride, Wildwood police said. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the mast to break.

A teenager was sent to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, and four others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, authorities said.

Wildwood police and the state will investigate.

It was the park's second serious accident this summer. On June 3, Abiah Jones, 11, of Pleasantville was killed when she fell from a Ferris wheel at the park.

A state report found the ride's restraints to be working properly and suggested that to get out of the car, a passenger probably would have had to stand.



Amtrak opens exhibit at Union Station

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amtrak is opening a new exhibit at Washington's Union Station to recount the history of the "Great Migration" of Southern blacks moving to the North early in the 20th century.

Between 1915 and 1970, about 6 million African-Americans moved from the South to the North. Many left behind rural-farm lives for job opportunities in industrialized cities. Many made the journey by passenger or freight train, which provided the connection for Amtrak.

The Washington Post reports the exhibit opened Saturday near Gate A at Union Station and will remain on view through Sept. 26. It will then move to Baltimore's Penn Station for display through October.

Allen Ballard, a University of Albany history professor, consulted on the exhibit. Amtrak also called on museums and the Library of Congress.

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