Woman dies after falling Formula 1 roller coaster in France


A woman died from a roller coaster in an amusement park in France over the weekend.

The woman fell off the Formula 1 roller coaster at Saint Paul Park “while it was on duty” around 1:45 pm local time on Saturday, according to a park release shared with NBC News.

Park staff immediately responded and outside doctors followed, said the park’s news release, which is located in the Oise department, about 80 km north of Paris.

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The crews “tried in vain to revive the victim, who unfortunately died instantly,” said the press release. No one else was injured.

The park’s Formula 1 area was closed and park teams assisted by witnesses.

“We are all very saddened by this situation. Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family and their loved ones, ”said a statement shared in French by Parc Saint Paul on Twitter. “We are working with the authorities to understand what happened. “

The rides were inspected by the safety commission on June 15, the statement said. The park reopened after it closed due to the coronavirus pandemic on June 6.

The Formula 1 Coaster amusement park race at Parc Saint-Paul in Oise, France, August 23, 2009.Patrick Kovarick / AFP via Getty Images

Local media reported that the victim was a 32-year-old woman visiting the park to celebrate her toddler’s birthday.

The police are investigating. The ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment from NBC News.

Local media also reported that another woman died after being thrown from the same route, described by the park as “a fabulous race full of ‘Air Time’ and” accessible to the whole family “, in 2009. And malfunctions on the route led to more than a dozen injuries in 2005.

Emmanuelle Saliba contributed.


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