Boy, 6, reportedly in critical condition after falling 15 feet from a roller coaster

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A six-year-old boy in England is reportedly in critical condition after falling 15 metres from a roller coaster at the Lightwater Valley Theme Park.

The child was medevacked to Leeds General Hospital after a fall from the Twister roller coaster on Thursday morning at the theme park in North Stainley, North Yorkshire, BBC.

A witness described him as “hanging backwards outside of the actual transportation” before you take a tumble.

An air ambulance airlifts a boy who fell from a roller coaster at the Lightwater Valley theme park on May 30, 2019 in North Stainley, England. (Photo by Simon Moran/Getty Images)

“He is, of course, he received from his restraint, or any other way,” Mark Charnley told Sky News. “Two seconds after that he actually fell out of the car on the ground, perhaps to [12 to 15 metres], he fell.


“[The boy] should not be fastened right, or too small for the ride. If it was the fast bit in the direction of the ‘souvenir’ camera, he slipped out and over the top of the carriage,” parkgoer Simon Moran said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Charnely, who was on the ground to wait in the queue at the time of the accident, said witnesses started screaming at the ride attendant when she saw what happened “, as he had not noticed what had gone on.”

“Two of the boys dove on the real barriers to get to the boy who was on the ground,” Charnley added.

An air ambulance arrives to attend to a boy who fell from a roller coaster at the Lightwater Valley theme park. (Photo by Simon Moran/Getty Images)

The ride halted to a stop. North Yorkshire police and emergency medical personnel to quickly arrived on the scene.

Friday morning, reps for Lightwater Valley has confirmed in a statement that the child is now in “critical condition” after the fall, and that an investigation is underway.

“We have been informed by North Yorkshire Police that the medical condition of the child involved in the incident in the park yesterday is now described as critical,” the release read. “We are stricken by this news and our thoughts are with the family.”

The boy was reported as seriously injured and airlifted to a nearby hospital. (Photo by Simon Moran/Getty Images)


“While the Health and Safety Executive investigation is continuing, we will support them and be guided by their advice,” she added.

In 2001, a 20-year-old Gemma Savage died on the same amusement park ride – then known as the Treetop Twister – when two cars collided, the Daily Mirror reports.

Paramedics attending the boy who fell from a roller coaster at the Lightwater Valley. (Photo by Simon Moran/Getty Images)

The ride manufacturers and theme park owners were later fined $195,000 after it was discovered that faulty wiring was to blame.

The woman, the mother, Linda Wild, described in the recent accident as “unbelievable” and stated that the lessons have not been learned.”


“The lessons are clearly not learned. The ride was not fit for purpose 18 years ago and it is still causing problems,” Savage told the Telegraph. “The accident death of Gemma destroyed our family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the boy who was injured.”

In 2017, Lightwater Valley was fined $ 50,000 after a five-year-old girl was hurt when her leg stuck while riding The Ladybug attraction.

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