Seven year old boy who fell 30ft from Lightwater Valley rollercoaster in critical condition, police say


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

After the accident on The Twister rollercoaster at the Lightwater Valley theme park, the young child was thought not to have life-threatening injuries.

However, doctors have since found that he had injuries not apparent at the scene. 

After falling from the rollercoaster on Thursday afternoon, the boy was airlifted Leeds General Infirmary with head injuries. 

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.

On Friday, North Yorkshire Police said in statement: “A child was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary after an incident at Lightwater Valley on Thursday 30 May 2019.

“On arrival at hospital, the child was assessed and found to have injuries that would not have been apparent at the scene of the incident.

“The child remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.”

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 is now described as critical.


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