Woman fighting for life in hospital after funfair ride 'malfunction'

Lambeth Country Show
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A woman is critically injured after a ride malfunction at Lambeth Country Show, according to police.

Another man, in his 40s, is being treated for "possibly life-threatening injuries". It was reported on Saturday, June 8 that four individuals were injured during the funfair ride, one of them being a child.

Emergency services arrived at Brockwell Park in South London in response to reports of injuries from the ride. After witnessing the incident, spectators commented that they were "scarred for life".

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The authorities have yet to disclose the full details of what happened but on Sunday, June 9 Metropolitan Police noted that two out of the four injured were severely or critically injured.

A spokesperson stated: "Emergency services responded at around 6.20pm on Saturday, June 8 to a fairground ride having failed at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park.

"Four people have been taken to hospital. Following a full assessment by medics, a woman in her 40s remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries. A man in his 40s, is also receiving ongoing treatment for potentially life-changing injuries.

"The man in his 50s and the 11-year-old girl have both been discharged from hospital. Officers have attended the scene today alongside the Health and Safety Executive as inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances."

The Lambeth Country Show was reopened on Sunday, but rides are still sectioned off. On Saturday evening, a spokesperson for Lambeth Council announced an ongoing health and safety investigation.

The spokesperson said: "The incident was reported at around 6.20pm today (June 8) and emergency services were quickly on the scene to treat four people who were injured. Paramedics and on-site teams cordoned off the area and those who were injured have been taken to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

"The situation is being closely monitored. The area around the ride is secure and the funfair has been closed. A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the malfunction.

"Additional safety inspections are being carried out on all rides and attractions at the show. We thank the emergency services for their swift response and dedication. The safety and well-being of our visitors remain our top priority."

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