No action against funfair owners after South Yorkshire woman injured on ride

Long recovery: Ann Smallwood at home after the accident last year and, inset, the Jungle River ride.

Long recovery: Ann Smallwood at home after the accident last year and, inset, the Jungle River ride.

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INVESTIGATORS have decided not to take action against the owners of a seaside funfair after a South Yorkshire woman was injured on a ride.

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation after Ann Smallwood, aged 58, from Flanderwell, Rotherham, and her great-niece Isabella, four, were thrown from the Jungle River log flume ride in Bridlington.

Ann was airlifted to hospital with horrendous leg injuries received on the August bank holiday weekend last year.

The married mum-of-two has not been able to return to work since undergoing emergency surgery to save her leg and is due to have more procedures in the coming weeks.

The ride was closed and eventually taken down and sold in January.

An HSE spokesman said: “We conducted an extensive, in-depth investigation into the incident involving the Jungle River log flume ride on August 28, 2011.

“There is no evidence of any legislative health and safety breaches.

“As a result no enforcement action is being taken, although recommendations were made post-incident to the then ride owner and duty holder, and acted upon before the ride was dismantled and sold.”

Eyewitnesses at the time said the ride had stopped abruptly before tipping over.

Ann, who runs a catering business in Sheffield and Rotherham magistrates’ courts, did not want to comment on the HSE decision as she is taking her own legal action against the ride owners.

Speaking after the accident last year she told The Star: “I knew it was going too fast - it went to the bottom and crashed.

“I thought I was going to lose my leg. It was in a bad way. But I’m a strong person and I have really strong family and friends - I will get through it.”

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