Horrifying moment woman falls from a fairground ride in front of shocked families is captured on camera – as she fights for life with horrific head and spinal injuries
- A woman, 25, fell 30 metres from a 360-degree swing ride and became trapped
- She suffered ‘significant head and spinal injuries’ and was rushed to hospital
A mother has sustained critical injuries after falling 30 metres from a fairground ride while her family watched in horror.
The 25-year-old woman fell from The Hangover ride at the Cairns ShowFest in the city’s Parramatta Park at 5:30pm on Saturday before becoming ‘entrapped’.
The Hangover ride swings people through the air on pendulum arms that rotates a full 360 degrees.
Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman but she had already suffered ‘significant head and spinal injuries’.
The woman, in her 30s, fell from The Hangover ride (pictured) at the Cairns Show Fest at 5:30pm on Saturday before becoming ‘entrapped’
The moment the woman fell was captured on video and posted to Facebook but removed out of respect for her distraught family.
A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said multiple paramedic crews attended the ‘workplace incident’.
‘The woman was freed and treated for significant head and spinal injuries. She was transported in a critical condition with a critical care paramedic and flight doctor to Cairns hospital,’ she said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Cairns Hospital for comment.
Father Kurt Wanless took his two children and a neighbour’s child to the Cairns Show Fest on Saturday and witnessed the woman falling from the ride.
‘I was getting a daggle dog and I saw her midlflight in the last few metres before she hit the ground. My daughter saw her land,’ Mr Wanless told Daily Mail Australia.
‘There was a young bloke and a girl, about 18, who looked pretty shaken up. They were crying. I think they might have been her family.’
A crowd gathered around the ride when the woman became trapped. Witness Kurt Wanless said parents were taking their children to see the woman trapped in the ride after she fell
Mr Wanless said parents were taking their children to see the woman trapped in the ride after she fell.
‘People were taking their kids up to see, which is pretty disgusting. I don’t want my kids to have that in their heads,’ he said.
‘I grabbed my kids when they put their sheet across because I thought she might have died. When we left, more police were coming in.
‘I thought they would shut down the whole show. When something like that happens, you should call it quits. Get the people out so emergency services can cordon off the area. But they kept it going.’
Mr Wanless said the woman fell from the front seat of The Hangover ride, which his children had ridden just before.
‘My kids went on that ride (The Hangover) on the ride before. They were in the middle and I wanted them to sit in the front where the woman came out of,’ he said.
The concerned father was not impressed by the ‘dodgy’ safety precautions at the event.
‘I’m a bit angry because I think the safety side of that show wasn’t very good for the size of the event,’ Mr Wanless said.
‘I definitely think someone should be held accountable. If it was anyone in some other business, they’d get hung for it.’
Cairns ShowFest is run by ShowFest Australia, which also runs events at Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mt Isa, Bundaberg and Emerald Showgrounds.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted ShowFest Australia promoter Bryan Loft for comment but has not yet received a response.
Paramedics and police cordone off The Hangover ride when the woman became trapped