Boy, six, airlifted to hospital after incident at Lightwater Valley Theme Park

The Twister Lightwater Valley theme park

A six-year-old British boy is recovering in hospital after falling from a theme park ride at Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire.

The child was medevacked to Leeds General Infirmary after falling from the Twister rollercoaster on Thursday morning at the amusement park in North Stainley, North Yorkshire, BBC reports.

This morning it was confirmed that the child was was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries and his condition described as "critical".

Today, a North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "The boy was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries following the incident where he now remains".

In a statement, Lightwater Valley said they were "devastated" by the news of his condition "and our thoughts are with the family".

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. "Two seconds after that, he actually fell out of the carriage to the floor, maybe around 12-15 feet he fell".

The rollercoaster, called the Twister, is described as a "spinning roller coaster with passengers boarding a odd waltzer-shaped ride vehicle and heading on an epic ascent to the treetops" on the Lightwater Valley website.

Lightwater Valley was forced to pay a £40,000 fine for the horror accident in 2017.

Lightwater Valley has since released a statement confirming the incident on their website.

Mark Charnley, 46, told Sky News he saw the boy's mother "screaming hysterically" as her son hung backwards out of the carriage.

A police officer who went on the ride yesterday claimed he and his son were "given the option" to wear an extra safety belt. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

A Twister is also operated at the safari park near Bewdley but bosses said today they were confident safety checks already in place were sufficient.

He said: "Me and my eldest daughter were in the queue for the Twister ride, which is like a rollercoaster but with individual spinning carriages".

The boy is believed to be six-years-old and it has been reported that his condition is non-life-threatening. "Officers remain at the scene".



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