The woman fell from the roller coaster while the ride was “in operation”, park officials have confirmed. The incident took place at around 1.45pm today, at the Saint-Paul theme park near Beauvais in the Oise, France. The woman, who has not yet been named, fell from the Formula 1 ride at the park.
Medics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
The woman is understood to have been visiting the amusement park for the first time to celebrate her two-year-old child’s birthday.
She was joined by her sister, husband and mother, local media reports.
Park officials closed the ride after the tragedy, but the rest of the park was kept open.
A woman has died after falling from a roller coaster in a French theme park
The woman fell from the ride this afternoon
Staff attended to visitors who witnessed the woman fall to her death.
Management at the park said they were helping the police and firefighters with an investigation.
The death was confirmed by Gilles Campion, park manager of Parc Saint-Paul in a press release.
The statement read: “The firefighters intervened and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the victim. No other person was injured.”
An old photograph of one of the rides at the French theme park
It added: “The park area has been completely cut off for visitors.
“The teams have taken care of the visitors and families affected.
“All the teams join the family to express their deepest sadness following this event.”
Amiens police are in charge of the investigation.
A spokesman for the force said: “For the moment it is impossible to determine the cause of this accident.”
The French theme park usually attracts nearly 380,000 visitors per year.