A SOUTH Yorkshire woman and her four-year-old granddaughter have been seriously injured in a horrific fairground accident at the seaside resort of Bridlington.
The grandmother, aged 58, was airlifted to hospital with severe leg injuries while the girl was taken by ambulance to another hospital, also with serious leg injuries yesterday.
The pair were thrown from a log flume ride after it jammed on a sharp descent, just after 3pm.
Eyewitnesses said the carriage on the seafront Jungle River ride flipped them out after it stopped and was then suddenly restarted.
A woman who works on a stall near the ride told The Star: “It was horrible, there was blood everywhere. The woman’s leg was really badly injured.
“The carriage was going down the rails when it got stuck. When they restarted the ride it flipped them out.
“They must have caught something as they fell.
“I saw the older woman stand up, then someone made her lie down until the ambulance came.”
The fair worker then called the ambulance, as hundreds of holidaymakers gathered to watch.
She added: “They don’t have seat belts on the ride because it goes too slowly. There’s cushioning on the front and the back but it must have been a freak accident.
“I’ve been on it loads of times and it’s been fine.”
Jamie Potter, aged 24, who works in the nearby Rowan Tree cafe, said the accident happened close to the north side of the harbour.
“There were hundreds of people watching the police cars, ambulances and the helicopter.”
A Humberside Police spokeswoman said the health and safety executive has launched an inquiry into the accident.
The spokeswoman said the 58-year-old sustained severe leg injuries and was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary. The four-year-old girl has badly cut legs, and was taken by ambulance to Scarborough Hospital, but would be transferred to Hull.
She added: “The two people are from the South Yorkshire area and were visiting. Both are described as having non-life-threatening injuries.”
Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said they helped police officers to clear the site so the air ambulance could land.
“The accident brought in lots of people, which made it very difficult for the emergency services to get to the casualties.”