Mum screamed 'hysterically' as boy, 6, hung from back of rollercoaster carriage then fell 30ft to the ground at Lightwater Valley theme park
A MUM "screamed hysterically" today as her six-year-old son dangled from a rollercoaster before falling 30ft to the ground.
Stunned eyewitnesses reported seeing the boy fall from the Twister ride at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon, North Yorks.
One witness said the youngster "slid out and over the top of the carriage" before falling "30ft to the ground".
According to a dad at the scene, the boy's mum was "screaming hysterically" as he was hanging backwards out of the carriage.
It comes 18 years after Durham University student Gemma Savage, 20, died when two carriages collided on the same Twister ride.
Simon Moran, a dad who was visiting the park today, tweeted: "Just saw a kid fall off the Twister rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley.
"He mustn't have been strapped in right, or too small for the ride.
"As it went down the fast bit towards the 'souvenir' camera, he slid out and over the top of the carriage.
"Fell face down about 20/30ft to the ground."
Cops and the ambulance service rushed to the scene and the ride was shut down following the shocking incident during half term.
The young boy was transported to Leeds General Infirmary and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Passengers are strapped into the ride by a lap bar and one witness said he saw the boy was outside of the restraints.
He'd obviously got himself out of his restraint somehow and seconds after that he actually fell out of the actual carriage to the floor.
A police officer who went on the ride yesterday claimed he and his son were "given the option" to wear an extra safety belt.
Mark Charnley, 46, was at the park with his wife and two daughters when he saw the boy hanging backwards from the carriage as his mum "screamed hysterically".
He told Sky News: "I was in the queue for a ride called Twister with my 10-year-old daughter.
"We looked up and saw a young lad he was hanging backwards outside of the actual carriage.
"He'd obviously got himself out of his restraint somehow and seconds after that he actually fell out of the actual carriage to the floor.
"I actually lost sight of him and I couldn't see him after that because there was mechanical electrical equipment in the way, I lost him after that.
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