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Woman, 32, dies after falling from Formula 1 rollercoaster at Parc Saint-Paul theme park in France

Woman, 32, dies after falling from Formula 1 rollercoaster after her husband ‘tried to catch her by the foot as she went over the bar’ during family day out at French theme park

  • The woman was riding the Formula 1 ride in Saint-Paul amusement park, France
  • Husband tried to grab her foot after she slipped over safety bar, witnesses say
  • She is understood to be visiting the park for her two-year-old child’s birthday
  • She was joined by her sister, husband and mother, local media reports 

 A 32-year-old woman fell to her death from a moving rollercoaster at a theme park in France today.  

The woman’s husband desperately tried to grab her foot after she slipped over the safety bar on the Formula 1 ride in Saint-Paul amusement park, near Beauvais, France, witnesses claim. 

Firefighters tried to resuscitate her in the park but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was hurt. 

The woman is understood to have been visiting the park for the first time to celebrate her two-year-old child’s birthday. She was joined by her sister, husband and mother, local media reports.

A 32-year-old woman fell to her death from the Formula 1 ride (file image) in Saint-Paul amusement park, near Beauvais, France

The woman's husband desperately tried to grab her foot after she slipped over the safety bar on the Formula 1 ride (file image)

The woman’s husband desperately tried to grab her foot after she slipped over the safety bar on the Formula 1 ride (file image)

Onlooker Farida said: ‘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.’

Another onlooker added: ‘We have seen children feeling sick or crying. Some were at the top when the carousel stopped.’ 

In 2009, a 35-year-old woman lost her life on the same ride due to her own ‘inappropriate behaviour’ and the park was not held responsible, local media reports.

The park’s manager Gilles Campion was ordered to pay damages and was handed a suspended four-month prison sentence for two other incidents.

The woman is understood to have been visiting the park (stock image, pictured) for the first time to celebrate her two-year-old child's birthday

The woman is understood to have been visiting the park (stock image, pictured) for the first time to celebrate her two-year-old child’s birthday

In 2005, the Nacelle rollercoaster broke loose. Four people were seriously injured after it slammed into a metal pole, Le Parisien reports.

A similar incident left 11 people injured a month earlier.

Campion said of this afternoon’s tragedy: ‘The firefighters intervened and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the victim.’

The statement, reported by The Sun added: ‘The park area has been completely cut off for visitors.

‘All the teams join the family to express their deepest sadness following this event.’  

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