Woman Dies After Being Ejected from Carnival Ride in France, Operator Arrested

A tragic fairground accident in France claims the life of a 27-year-old woman, raising serious concerns about ride safety and oversight, as authorities investigate the incident.

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Woman Dies After Being Ejected from Carnival Ride in France, Operator Arrested

Woman Dies After Being Ejected from Carnival Ride in France, Operator Arrested

A 27-year-old woman tragically died on Saturday evening after being thrown from a carnival ride in Blois, central France. The incident occurred shortly after 11 PM at the Blois funfair, which had opened on March 30 and was scheduled to run until April 21. The woman was immediately taken to the hospital but did not survive her injuries.

Witnesses reported safety concerns with the ride, called the NFL ride, which was one of the new features at the fair this year. They noted that it only had one bar for passengers to hold on to, without shoulder or waist harnesses. The woman had followed the usual safety precautions, including using the barrier meant to keep passengers on board, before being violently ejected while the ride was in operation.

The ride's owner and operator have been taken into police custody as part of the legal investigation into the accident. The owner was arrested for involuntary manslaughter. Authorities have placed the ride under seal for expert analysis to determine what caused the safety system failure that led to the woman's death.

In response to the tragedy, the entire Blois fair was closed a day early on Sunday. The city administration expressed condolences to the victim's family and emphasized the importance of investing heavily in the exhibition's security. They stated that they hire an external consultancy every year to check that the fairground facilities are in line with regulations, in addition to the required regulatory controls.

Why this matters: This fatal accident is the latest in a series of tragic incidents at fairgrounds and amusement parks in France in recent years, raising serious concerns about ride safety and oversight. In August 2022, a 17-year-old boy was killed and a 19-year-old woman severely injured in separate incidents, and a 16-year-old boy died in a similar accident in June 2022.

The municipality of Blois claimed that all rides at the fair had been checked and were in order, with an independent firm verifying the correct assembly and issuing a global certificate. However, the ride involved in Saturday's accident had undergone two checks prior to the incident. "We go to the funfair to share good times and enjoy ourselves," said one attendee, expressing the sadness felt by many in the wake of the tragedy. As the investigation continues, French authorities will be closely examining the safety measures and inspection processes in place to prevent such accidents from occurring in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • 27-year-old woman tragically died after being thrown from carnival ride in France.
  • Witnesses reported safety concerns about the ride, which had only one bar for passengers.
  • Ride owner and operator arrested for involuntary manslaughter, ride under investigation.
  • Entire Blois fair closed a day early, city emphasizes importance of ride safety.
  • Incident raises concerns about ride safety and oversight in France after similar accidents.