Boy, 7, now in critical condition and fighting for life after Yorkshire theme park fall

A seven-year-old boy who fell from a rollercoaster is in a critical condition in hospital, police have said.

By Dan Windham
Friday, 31 May, 2019, 12:02

The youngster was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries following an incident at the Lightwater Valley theme park, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, on Thursday.

Witnesses said the boy plunged up to 15ft from the Twister ride at the attraction, with one saying they heard loud screams before seeing a child on the ground.

The Twister rollercoaster in Lightwater Valley theme park - Alex Cousins / SWNS

On Friday, North Yorkshire Police said in statement: "The boy was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries following the incident where he currently remains. However, his condition is now described as critical."

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The force clarified that the boy, who has not been named, is seven years old and not six, as previously stated.

In a statement, Lightwater Valley said: "We have been informed by North Yorkshire Police that the medical condition of the child involved in the incident at the park yesterday has deteriorated overnight and he is now in a critical condition.

"We are devastated by this news and our thoughts are with the family.

"While the Health and Safety Executive investigation is continuing, we will support them and be guided by their advice."