Lightwater Valley theme park: Boy, 6, airlifted to hospital

31 Mai, 2019, 08:44 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Lightwater Valley ride previously killed student boy fell from

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a medical incident involving a child at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon at 11.30am today". The boy's condition is not yet known.

Lightwater Valley describes the ride as one full of "seriously tight turns".

The child, aged 6, is believed to have plunged from the very top of the Twister rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley Theme Park in North Stainley, North Yorkshire shortly before noon on Thursday.

The incident on the Twister ride at Lightwater Park.

He was conscious when police officers arrived at the scene about 11.30am.

Cops and the ambulance service rushed to the scene and the ride was shut down following the incident.

Although the circumstances of the incident are not yet known, it comes almost 18 years after a 20-year-old woman died when two carriages collided on the ride, in June 2001, less than a month after the French-built ride opened at the theme part near Ripon.

According to the theme park's website, Lightwater Valley started life as a pig farm located approximately 5 miles from the North Yorkshire city of Ripon.

The park has about 40 other rides and attracts about 500,000 visitors a year.

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"We will issue an update as soon as we have any more information".

While the theme park is yet to comment on the incident, North Yorkshire police have released a statement.

"Officers are now at the scene".

Simon Moran, who was at the theme park when the freak accident happened said on Twitter: "Just saw a kid fall off the Twister rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley".

The child was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

"The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been notified".

The Twister ride the boy reportedly fell from is described on Lightwater Valley's website as a "spinning roller coaster. with passengers boarding a odd waltzer-shaped ride vehicle and heading on an epic ascent to the treetops".

Student Gemma Savage, 20, died the day after she suffered head and neck injuries when two cars collided on the ride, then called the Treetop Twister.

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