Devastated son of mum who fell to her death from rollercoaster on his second birthday told ‘mummy’s gone to heaven’


THE devastated son of a mum who fell to her death from a rollercoaster on his second birthday was told “mummy’s gone to heaven”.

Elodie Duval, 32, was thrown from the Formula 1 ride at the Parc Saint-Paul park in northern France, as her husband tried to pull her back in.

After seeing she had gone over the safety bar, partner Michael, who was on the ride with her, said he managed to grab her ankle.

But as the rollercoaster car hit a turn at speed, her ankle was yanked from his hands and she was hurled from the ride as her family watched in horror.

Sister Laurianne, who was at the park, told Mirror Online little Allen had been told his mum had “gone to heaven” but he doesn’t understand.

She said: “He blew out his candles with his mum and dad at midday.

“Elodie was an amazing person who brought a lot of love to her family. She was full of life.

“She was a fighter. Her son was her life.”

Elodie was an amazing person who brought a lot of love to her family

An investigation is underway, although no details have been given of the initial findings. 

Friend Stephane Jurado, who posted a tribute to Elodie on Facebook, said: “It is with great sadness that I just learned about Elodie’s departure in a terrible accident.

“Our thoughts are with Michael, her companion, and little Allen, their child, Laurianne her sister, their whole family and the medieval festival team in Verneuil-sur-Avre.

“Have a nice trip my beautiful, may the angels watch over you.”

Facebook users offered condolences to her family, with one writing: “How sad for her life to end like this! 

“We go on rollercoasters to have a good time, it’s totally unfair for a life to end there.”

A witness told the Courrier Picard newspaper: “We heard screaming and then I saw the lady fall. 

“She went over the bar and her husband tried to catch her by her foot.”

France 3 quoted a witness as saying: “I was there with my children. I heard this family shouting ‘stop stop’.

“Her husband tried to catch her by her foot. She was behind the safety bar and she went over it.”

Elodie’s death reportedly came 11 years after a woman died on the same ride.

Park manager Gilles Campion said the rides undergo regular checks by “approved” inspectors.


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