Child Killed, 2 Adults Hurt in Accident Near NJ Fall Festival

Authorities say one child was killed and two adults were injured after they were struck by a vehicle near a northern New Jersey fall festival.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office says the vehicle hit the child and adults around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Alstede Farms in Chester, where a weekly fall festival was being held.

The age and identity of the child have not been released. The conditions of the adults weren't made available. reported that investigators were processing evidence around two shuttle buses. 

Residents living nearby say that traffic has been an issue at the festival for years, and that not enough police officers are on hand to direct the thousands of visitors who come to pick pumpkins and go for hayrides each autumn.

Chester Mayor Bill Cogger says that the problem has gotten worse as the festival at the private farm has become more popular.

"There has been an incredible increase in traffic in Chester over the year and it's to the point where it's dangerous," he says. 

Alstede Farms canceled the rest of its events Sunday night, but says on its website that people who purchased tickets could use them at future festival dates.

"The Alstede family and staff grieve and mourn for the families impacted by the motor vehicle accident," the farm says on its Facebook page. 

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