A 32-year-old woman died this afternoon after she fell from a roller coaster in a French theme park.
The woman plunged to her death while the ride was “in operation” at around 1.45pm at Parc Saint-Paul, near Beauvais in the Oise, France.
The death was confirmed by Gilles Campion, park manager of Parc Saint-Paul in a press release.
The statement added: “The firefighters intervened and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the victim.
“No other person was injured.”
The woman, who has not yet been named, fell from the Formula 1 ride at the park.
Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.
The woman’s husband desperately tried to grab her foot after she slipped over the safety bar, according to one witness.
Farida told a French news site: “My children wanted to get in the carousel, and we heard screaming, then I saw the lady, who was strong, fall.
“She went over the bar and her husband tried to catch her by the foot.”
The victim is said to have gone to the park for the first time to celebrate the birthday of her 2-year-old child, along with her sister, husband and mother.
Another onlooker said: “We have seen children feeling sick or crying. Some were at the top when the carousel stopped.”
Management at the park said they were helping the police and firefighters with an investigation.
The statement form the company added: “The park area has been completely cut off for visitors.
“The teams have taken care of the visitors and families affected.
“All the teams join the family to express their deepest sadness following this event.”
A 35-year-old woman died on the same ride in 2009, according to local media reports.
The woman is thought to have somehow overcome the safety barrier while the ride was going.
The park though was cleared of any wrongdoing in April 2010.
An expert concluded that the accident was due to “the victim’s inappropriate behaviour”.
Campion though was given a suspended four-month prison sentence in 2007 and forced to pay several thousand euros in damages for two accidents which happened two years earlier.
On August 17, 2005, the 280m-long Nacelle rollercoaster broke loose in mid-race before violently striking a metal pole.
Four people aged 20 to 46 were seriously injured.
And on July 14, 2005, 11 people were injured in a similar incident.
The park reopened on June 6, following the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions.
It usually attracts nearly 380,000 visitors per year.