• Emily Prescott

The Sunday Times: Woman plunges to death from big dipper

A 32-year-old mother fell to her death from a rollercoaster at a theme park in northern France yesterday afternoon. Her husband reportedly tried to grab her foot but was unable to save her.

The couple were visiting the Parc Saint-Paul park near Oise, to celebrate their child’s second birthday. The woman was declared dead at the scene, about 40 miles north of Paris, by paramedics at around 1.45pm.

In August 2009, a 35-year-old woman died on the same Formula 1 ride after a problem with the safety barrier during a turn.

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 park was nevertheless cleared in April 2010. An expert concluded that the accident was caused by “the victim’s inappropriate behaviour”.

The park had reopened on June 6, with the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions. It usually attracts more than 350,000 visitors a year.

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