Organisers of carnival where a woman, 25, was left fighting for life with spinal and head injuries after being thrown 30 metres off an out of control ride speak out about the horror accident
- A woman, 25, plunged 30 metres from The Hangover ride at Cairns ShowFest
- She became ‘entrapped’ beneath the ride and was freed by hero firefighters
- Dad Kurt Wanless watched the woman fall and his daughter saw her hit the floor
- The woman had ‘significant head and spinal injuries’ and was rushed to hospital
- Carnival organisers working with police to figure out how the accident occurred
Organisers of a carnival where a woman was left fighting for life after being thrown off an out-of-control ride and critically injured have spoken out.
The 25-year-old woman fell 30 metres from The Hangover ride at the Cairns ShowFest in the city’s Parramatta Park at 5.30pm on Saturday before becoming ‘entrapped’.
Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman who was suffering ‘significant head and spinal injuries’.
Event promoter Lance Collyer said organisers and authorities were still figuring out how the horrific accident occurred.
‘As organisers we are saddened by what has happened at ShowFest last night,’ Mr Collyer told the Cairns Post.
A woman became trapped after falling 30 metres from the The Hangover ride at the Cairns ShowFest (QLD Police pictured) in the city’s Parramatta Park at 5:30pm on Saturday
‘We are still working with Cairns police to find out exactly what has happened.
‘Our thoughts and prayers at this point are with the family concerned.’
Father Kurt Wanless took his two children and a neighbour’s child to the ShowFest and saw the woman plunge from the ride.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Mr Wanless said parents were taking their children to see the trapped woman after she fell from the ride.
‘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 the 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.’
Video taken by Mr Wanless shows people gathering around the ride to see what was happening while music continued to blare.
‘It’s a shame. There’s everyone gawking wondering what the f*** is going on,’ Mr Wanless said in the clip.
Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman but she had already suffered ‘significant head and spinal injuries’ (The Hangover pictured above)
Ambulance crews (pictured) transported the woman to Cairns Hospital on Saturday
‘A poor lady fell out of that ride up the top, broke her back and this is what’s going on. The ride was upside down, she fell from the top.’
The Hangover ride swings people through the air on pendulum arms that rotate a full 360 degrees.
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.
A Cairns Hospital spokeswoman said the 25-year-old was in a stable condition on Sunday morning.
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 also witnessed the woman falling from the ride.
‘I was getting a dagwood dog and I saw her mid flight 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 friends or family.’
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.
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 promoters Bryan Loft and Lance Collyer for comment but has not yet received a response.
Paramedics and police cordoned off The Hangover ride when the woman became trapped