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Sunday, 30 July, 2000, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Four hurt in fairground fall
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The accident is the second at the attraction in a week
Safety investigations are under way at Blackpool Pleasure Beach after a woman and three children were injured in a fall from a fairground ride.

A spokeswoman for the venue, where an 11-year-old boy died last week, said the latest accident was down to a technical fault.


It was a million to one thing

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating after the 34-year-old woman from London, who has not been named, fell from a horse carousel injuring her back on Friday.

The three children received minor injuries and were all taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment.

It is the third serious incident accident at an English fairground within a week.

Technical hitch

Thorpe Park in Surrey was evacuated after fire destroyed two rides at the Surrey attraction on 21 July.

On the same night, Christopher Sherrat, 11, died after falling from the Pleasure Beach Space Invader ride.

It is believed Christopher may have panicked on the ride, which is in complete darkness, and unfastened his seatbelt.
Christopher Sherratt
Christopher Sherratt: May have panicked on ride

A spokeswoman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said the latest accident happened on a ride which has had no similar problems in 50 years.

The ride was reopened on Saturday after checks by Health and Safety investigators.

"They were happy with the ride and said it was a very rare technical hitch," said the pleasure beach spokeswoman.

"No matter what safety checks we carried out it was one of those things that you could not have prevented, a million to one thing."

She said she did not know if the children were with the woman as a group.

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