It is a real drama that has come to mourn the funfair of Cristal Parc in Aubière, in Puy-de-Dôme. A 21-year-old woman died on a merry-go-round on Saturday February 4. That day, the student in Clermont-Ferrand had gone to the event with her mother, her sister and her boyfriend. During the afternoon, she had decided to board the Maxximum merry-go-round, a 55-meter high tower swinging the most daring up and down.
After settling on board the carousel without the rest of her family, the young woman realized that she was not secure, but did not have time to stop the carousel. “We just know that the unfortunate woman had time to tell her neighbor in the basket that she was not attached, but it was already too late,” a police source told Le Parisien. After the carousel was started, the student was ejected from the attraction and made an impressive fall before falling on the cabin of the showman who owned the attraction. Quickly taken care of by the emergency services, she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries around 5:30 p.m.
The circumstances of the accident are still unclear
For the moment, the reason why the young woman was not well attached is not yet known, it could be a technical failure. The police source explained: “It is still too early to know exactly what happened. The investigations are ongoing. They will be long. There are a lot of hearings to be carried out. The accident happened at a when there were really a lot of people there. We will have to carry out in-depth technical investigations which could take several days”.
Following the terrible tragedy, the owner of the carousel was injured and hospitalized at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital and the seven people on board the basket were taken care of by a psychological unit. An investigation for manslaughter has been opened by the departmental directorate of the national police of Clermont-Ferrand.
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