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Monday, 6 July 2020

Revealed: Mother who fell to her death from a rollercoaster at French theme park was celebrating her son's second birthday with her family

  • Elodie Duval was at the Parc Saint-Paul theme park near Beauvais in France 
  • She fell to her death from the park's Formula 1 ride after slipping over safety bar
  • Mrs Duval's husband Michael desperately tried to grab her foot, witnesses claim 
A 32-year-old mother who fell to her death from a moving rollercoaster at a theme park in France in front of her family was celebrating her son's second birthday, it was revealed today. 
Elodie Duval, who was at the Parc Saint-Paul theme park near Beauvais, slipped over the safety bar of the Formula 1 ride on Saturday.  
Elodie's husband Michael desperately tried to grab her foot but could not stop her falling, witnesses claim. 
Elodie Duval, 32, (pictured) fell to her death from a moving rollercoaster at a theme park in France in front of her family
Elodie Duval, 32, (pictured) fell to her death from a moving rollercoaster at a theme park in France in front of her family
Elodie Duval, who was at the Parc Saint-Paul theme park near Beauvais for her son Allen's second birthday, slipped over the safety bar of a Formula 1 ride (File image of the Formula 1 ride)
Elodie Duval, who was at the Parc Saint-Paul theme park near Beauvais for her son Allen's second birthday, slipped over the safety bar of a Formula 1 ride (File image of the Formula 1 ride)
Firefighters tried to resuscitate her in the park but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was hurt. 
She was joined by her sister Laurianne, her husband Michael and her mother at the park to celebrate little Allen's birthday. 
Speaking to Mirror Online, Laurianne said that Allen had been told his mother had 'gone to heaven'. 
'We explained to him that his mum had gone to heaven. He doesn't understand,' she said. 
The woman's husband desperately tried to grab her foot after she slipped over the safety bar on the Formula 1 ride (file image)
The woman's husband desperately tried to grab her foot after she slipped over the safety bar on the Formula 1 ride (file image)
'(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.' 
She added that the family, from Verneuil-sur-Avre in Normandy, were 'devastated after losing such a beautiful angel.' 
Saturday's incident happened at around 1.45pm local time and was witnessed by parents and children, who were left devastated. 
An onlooker who was present at the time of Elodie's death said: 'My children wanted to get in the carousel, and we heard screaming, then I saw the lady, who was strong, fall. 
'She went over the bar and her husband tried to catch her by the foot.'
Elodie is understood to have been visiting the park (stock image, pictured) for the first time to celebrate her two-year-old son's birthday
Elodie is understood to have been visiting the park (stock image, pictured) for the first time to celebrate her two-year-old son's birthday
Another onlooker added: 'We have seen children feeling sick or crying. Some were at the top when the carousel stopped.' 
One witness paid tribute to Elodie on Facebook following the tragic incident. 'It is with great sadness that I just learned about Elodie's death in a terrible carousel accident,' they wrote. 
'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.' 
In 2009, a 35-year-old woman lost her life on the same ride due to her own 'inappropriate behaviour' and the park was not held responsible, local media reports.
The park's manager Gilles Campion was ordered to pay damages and was handed a suspended four-month prison sentence for two other incidents.
In 2005, the Nacelle rollercoaster broke loose. Four people were seriously injured after it slammed into a metal pole, Le Parisien reports.
A similar incident left 11 people injured a month earlier.

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