A 32-year-old woman died on Saturday afternoon falling from a roller coaster at an amusement park in Saint-Paul (Oise), according to concordant sources. Around 1:45 pm, "an accident occurred on Saturday on the Formula 1 attraction (...) A passenger fell from the vehicle that was traveling on the 'roller-coaster' type attraction while it was in operation" , reported in a press release Parc Saint-Paul, chaired by Gilles Campion.
The firefighters intervened and tried in vain to revive the victim. No one else was injured, the statement said.
Support for visitors and families affected
The Beauvais prosecutor's office told AFP that it had opened an investigation, entrusted to the gendarmes of the Amiens research section, and requested an expertise. The victim was 32 years old, according to concordant sources, and was accompanied by his spouse, according to the prefecture of Oise.
Only the area where the attraction is located has been closed and "park teams have taken care of visitors and families affected", adds the park, which is at the "disposal" of firefighters and the national gendarmerie for " collaborate with them following this accident. "
Controlled attraction in November 2019
According to Gilles Campion, an approved private company carried out in November 2019 the periodic control, valid for one year, of the Formula 1 carousel. According to the same source, it is the same carousel - but operated by another operator - than the one where s was already produced, on August 22, 2009, a fatal accident: a 35-year-old woman had been killed after being ejected and fell by ten meters.
Questioned by AFP, the prefecture assured that the security commission had gone to the park on June 15 and had given its approval to the post-containment reopening, without giving more details on what had been verified.