Lightwater Valley accident update: Seven-year-old boy critical in hospital

Photograph: Dave Higgens/PA Wire
31 May 2019 @ 11.30 am
| News

The child hurt after a fall from a theme park ride is in a critical condition in hospital.

North Yorkshire Police has issued an update following the incident on the Twister ride at Lightwater Valley, near Ripon, yesterday (Thursday, 30 May).

A spokesperson said:

  • To clarify, the injured boy’s age is seven, not six as previously believed.

    The boy was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries following the incident where he currently remains. However, his condition is now described as critical.

    Although this is a joint investigation by North Yorkshire Police and The Health and Safety Executive, the HSE currently has primacy.

In a further clarification the police said that the child was assessed on arrival at hospital “and found to have injuries that would not have been apparent at the scene of the incident”.

He was described to be in “a critical but stable condition”.

Witnesses told how they saw the boy “hanging backwards outside of the actual carriage” before falling from the ride.

The Twister is described as a “spinning rollercoaster” which “gives an awesome, fun-packed experience for all the family”.

Riders must be taller than 4ft 11in (1.5m) unaccompanied or more than 4ft (1.2m) if accompanied by an adult, it adds.

Durham University student Gemma Savage died when two cars collided on the park’s Treetop Twister ride in 2001.

Paris-based Reverchon Industries SA, which manufactured and supplied the ride, was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of two charges of failing to ensure its safe design and construction, and failing to give information necessary to ensure the ride was safe when open to the public.