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Rollercoaster-fall boy in critical but stable condition.

Byline: DAVE HIGGENS newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

ASEVEN.YEAR.OLD boy who fell from a rollercoaster is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, police have said.

The youngster was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries following an incident at the Lightwater Valley theme park, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, on Thursday.

Witnesses said the boy plunged up to 15ft from the Twister ride at the attraction, with one saying they heard loud screams before seeing a child on the ground.

Police said on Thursday that his injuries were not thought to be life threatening, but doctors found he had injuries not apparent at the scene.

Yesterday, North Yorkshire Police said in statement: "A child was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary after an incident at Lightwater Valley on Thursday. "On arrival at hospital, the child was assessed and found to have injuries that would not have been apparent at the scene of the incident.

"The child remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital."

The force clarified that the boy, who has not been named, is seven years old and not six, as previously stated.

Witnesses have described how the boy fell around 12-15 feet leaving his hysterical mother stuck in the car on the ride above.

Members of the public ran to his aid along with park staff before paramedics and an air ambulance arrived.

Mark Charnley, who was queuing for the Twister with his 10-year-old daughter while enjoying a half-term break, said he looked up to see the boy "hanging backwards outside of the actual carriage" before he plunged to the ground.

North Yorkshire Police said they were working with the Health and Safety Executive, which is leading the investigation into what happened on the ride, which is now closed.

The park bills itself as the "ultimate family adventure" on its website.

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

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Date:Jun 1, 2019
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