Employee dies in rollercoaster accident at Paris funfair

Employee dies in rollercoaster accident at Paris funfair
Faire du Thrône in Paris. Credit: Wikicommons

A employee at the Foire du Trône funfair in Paris died in the early hours of Saturday morning after being hit by a wagon from the rollercoaster he was working on.

The 40-year-old man “was hit by one of the attraction's wagons in circumstances that are still to be established”, a spokesperson for the capital’s fire brigade said, according to Belga News Agency.

The accident took place around twenty minutes past midnight and the man was probably killed instantly. “When help arrived, he was already dead,” the spokesperson added.

Twelve visitors, among them five children, were in a state of shock and were attended to on the spot by emergency services.

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The large Parisian funfair is located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes. It reopened in early April after two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Not the first accident

This is not the first time that disaster has struck, with numerous accidents from unsafe rides injuring, sometimes fatally, visitors and employees. In mid-April this year, six people were injured in another accident on a ride.

In 2018, a couple was injured in an accident on an attraction called “La Boule”, where a ball hanging from two ropes bounces around. However, one of the cables broke.

In 2014, a young man broke his foot and had his toe torn off as he was getting onto an attraction.

A policeman intervening in a fight in 2007 was killed by the arm of an attraction after being pushed by a 15-year-old.

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