Girl thrown from fairground ride

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A MOTHER has spoken of her terror at seeing her nine-year-old faughter being thrown from a bonfire night fairground ride.

Yasmin Vickery fell from a “twister” ride at the Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show bonfire on Saturday night and hit a safety fence.

Mum Kim, who was filming Yasmin on the ride, feared the accident could have been fatal.

Paramedics initially treated Yasmin for a suspected broken neck, but it emerged she had escaped with heavy bruising. She was released after an overnight stay at Northampton General Hospital.

Yasmin, of Sevenoaks, Kent, is still bed-bound, and has been vomiting due to the impact her kidneys took in the accident.

The family were visiting the area as Yasmin’s grandparents live in the county.

Mum Kim Vickery is calling for safety checks to be made on the ride to prevent a future accident.

Mrs Vickery, aged 41, said: “We had only been there for 10 minutes and it was the first ride she had gone on, with her cousin Kiya.

“We were laughing and joking at the time. But when it started going around, Yasmin and Kiya’s bar fell forward. Kiya tried to put the bar back but Yasmin fell out.

“She spun into the air because it was going so fast, then you could hear this almighty thud. She had gone flying through the barrier.

“The impact was sideways, but the paramedics said if she had gone through head first she probably wouldn’t be here.

“I was terrified. I was still videoing it. It could have been a lot worse and I am grateful that it wasn’t.

“Yasmin is still in bed. She is walking with a limp because she can’t put any weight on one leg.

“My concern is if that particular fair ride goes elsewhere the it could happen again.”

Yasmin said: “It really hurts. I’m not going back to school for a week or more.”

The Hollowell bonfire is one of the most popular in the county. It charges £1 for entry and has a professional firework display, food stalls and a beer tent.

The incident was attended by the police and ambulance service and is now the subject of an investigation.
Detective Sergeant Gavin Suttie, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “We attended an incident in Hollowell, where a nine-year-old girl suffered injuries as a result of falling off an amusement ride.

“She was admitted to Northampton General Hospital with internal bruising and was released on Sunday. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and will be assisted by police in the investigation.”

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: “The HSE is aware of the incident and is currently making initial inquiries.”

None of the organisers at the event was available for comment.