Lightwater Valley: Boy ‘improving’ after accident

Twister, Lightwater Valley

A seven-year-old boy who fell from the Twister rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley has been described as ‘improving’ by police.

He fell from the ride on Thursday morning, with his condition at hospital later described as ‘critical’.

He sustained head injuries that were initially described as ‘non-life threatening’ before their severity became apparent upon admission to Leeds General Infirmary.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said that the boy was now “breathing independently and his condition continues to improve”.

The ride remains closed as the Health and Safety Executive is continues its investigation into the incident.


Lightwater Valley chief executive Ian Cunningham today released a statement apologising for the accident.

“Everyone at Lightwater Valley Theme Park is very pleased to hear that the condition of the young boy who fell from our Twister ride last Thursday is improving,” he said.

“As a father myself, I can imagine only too well how it must have felt for everyone involved when the incident happened, and in the hours since.

“Our thoughts and concerns are completely focused on the child and his family at this difficult time.

“I would like to say how sorry I am personally for the upset and anxiety that this incident has caused.

He added that the park was committed to offering its full support to the boy’s family.