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Mum fell to death from rollercoaster while celebrating birthday of son aged 2

A mum fell to her death from a rollercoaster while out celebrating her two-year-old son’s birthday.

Elodie Duval, 32, died after plunging from the Formula 1 ride at the Parc Saint-Paul theme park in northern France.

The family, from Verneuil-sur-Avre in Normandy, travelled to the theme park near Beauvais on Saturday.

Elodie’s husband tried to grab her by the foot, but she fell over the safety bar as her horrified family looked on.

Her sister Laurianne, who was with the family at the park, told Mirror Online that Allen has been told his mother has “gone to heaven”, but he doesn’t understand.

She plunged from the Formula 1 ride at the Parc Saint-Paul theme park in northern France

Speaking in French, Laurianne said: “(Elodie) was an amazing person who brought a lot of love to her family. She was full of life. She was a fighter. Her son was her life.”

That afternoon, he “blew out his candles with his mum and dad at midday”.

Laurianne declined to answer further questions about what she witnessed or about the state of the ride.

The rollercoaster was inspected after the incident.

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Laurianne said: “An investigation is under way. So much is happening, quick.”

She added: “We are devastated after losing such a beautiful angel. People like her, with such a good heart, there are few on Earth.”

Elodie’s husband tried to grab her by the foot, but she fell over the safety bar

A witness told French media she heard screams and people shouting “stop” as the woman “went over the bar” and her partner “tried to catch her by her foot”. However, she was thrown from the ride to the floor below.

Stephane Jurado, who posted a tribute to Elodie on Facebook, wrote: “It is with great sadness that I just learned about Elodie’s departure in a terrible carousel accident.

“Our thoughts are with Michael, her companion, and little Allen their child, Laurianne her sister, their whole family and the medieval festival team in Verneuil-sur-Avre.

“Have a nice trip my beautiful, may the angels watch over you.”

Elodie’s Facebook page features photos of her wearing traditional costumes at medieval fairs. The profile describes her as a caregiver.

Facebook users offered condolences to her family, with one writing: “How sad for her life to end like this! We go on rollercoasters to have a good time, it’s totally unfair for a life to end there.”

The rollercoaster was inspected after the incident

A woman who identified herself as a neighbour wrote: “Rest in peace. All my condolences to her husband and her family, and my thoughts are with her son.”

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Saturday’s incident at the theme park near Beauvais, which happened at about 1.45pm local time, was witnessed by young children, who were left distraught and in tears.

A witness told the Courrier Picard newspaper: “We heard screaming and then I saw the lady fall. She went over the bar and her husband tried to catch her by her foot.”

France 3 quoted a witness as saying: “I was there with my children. I heard this family shouting ‘stop stop’.

“Her husband tried to catch her by her foot. She was behind the safety bar and she went over it.”

Witnesses described a distressing scene as the woman lay beneath the rollercoaster.

Investigators continue to probe the cause of the tragedy

Elodie died at the scene despite efforts to save her.

Investigators continue to probe the cause of the tragedy.

They returned to the site on Sunday and reconstructed the incident using a mannequin in one of the ride’s cars.

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The Beauvais prosecutor’s office is leading the probe.

Elodie’s death came 11 years after a woman died on the same ride.

The 35-year-old victim of the 2009 incident was blamed, with an expert ruling the tragedy was caused by her “inappropriate behaviour”.

Parc Saint-Paul was cleared of wrongdoing in the 2009 fatality.

The park has defended the ride, saying it passed a recent inspection.

Park manager Gilles Campion said the rides undergo regular checks by “approved” inspectors.

Two accidents that occurred in 2005 led to Campion being given a four-month jail sentence in 2007 and an order to pay thousands of euros in damages.

Eleven people were injured in an accident in July 2005. Four people were hurt in an accident in August 2005.

Saint-Paul Mayor Gerard Hedin told France 3 the woman was celebrating her two-year-old son’s birthday at the park.

He said a recent inspection of the ride found no defects.

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