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Rollercoaster death inquest opens
Hayley Williams
Church and school services have been held for Hayley
A teenage girl who fell 100ft from a rollercoaster at a west Wales theme park died from internal injuries, an inquest has found.

Hayley Williams, 16, from Pontypool, south Wales, died last Thursday on the Hydro ride at Oakwood theme park in Pembrokeshire.

Coroner Michael Howells told the inquest at Milford Haven she had suffered injuries to her body which caused internal bleeding.

The inquest was adjourned to a later date.

A joint investigation is currently being carried out by the police and the Health and Safety Executive.

On Monday a service was held at Hayley's school in Pontypool to help classmates come to terms with their loss on their first day back after the Easter break.

School service
Fellow pupils held a memorial service for the teenager
A picture of her was projected onto a screen in the school hall and candles lit in her memory during the service at St Alban's Roman Catholic School in Pontypool.

She was a talented musician and a recording of her singing a composition written for her GCSE in music was also played.

Head teacher Michael Coady said staff and pupils at the school had wanted to mark the tragedy.

"We wanted to pray to pay tribute to Hayley," he said.

"And we wanted to pray so that we would have comfort for ourselves - for the year group, for Hayley's friends and for Hayley's family, her parents, sister and her brother."

A book of condolence has been opened at the school, and will be handed to Hayley's parents on Tuesday.

A permanent memorial in the school grounds could also be set up.

On Sunday, prayers were said for Hayley at Merchant's Hill Baptist Church in Pontypool.

She was baptised at the church last year and was a Sunday school teacher there.

The teenager had been with her mother Beverley and younger sister Hannah, 13, on holiday at the family's caravan in Pembrokeshire.

Hydro water ride
The Hydro attraction was opened in June 2002
She was airlifted to hospital after falling from the ride but later died at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.

Friends and neighbours described her as a "beautiful and talented girl".

A joint investigation is currently being carried out by the police and the Health and Safety Executive.

Fifty police officers have been involved in the investigation. They have been contacting holidaymakers from across the UK who were at the park last Thursday.

The Hydro ride stands 121ft tall and consists of a 24-seater boat which drops down a near-vertical chute into a plunge pool at 50 mph.

Anyone with information about the tragedy is urged to contact Pembroke Dock Police Station on 01646 682121.

Tributes to 'talented' Hayley
16 Apr 04  |  Wales

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