Woman fighting for her life after fairground ride ‘incident’

A woman is fighting for her life in hospital and two others are seriously injured following an incident at a fairground ride in Cumbria.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Fudstock festival, which was being held in Cavendish Park, Barrow, at 8.30pm on Saturday.

Two of the people were reported to have been on the ride at the time of the incident.

One woman is in a critical condition while the other two people, a man and a woman, have serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

They were all taken to Furness General Hospital.

A cordon has been placed around the area as officers launched an investigation.

Charity St Mary’s Hospice, which the festival is raising funds for, posted a statement on its Facebook page.

It said: ‘St Mary’s Hospice Management team is aware of an incident at the ‘Fudstock’ event which was taking place tonight on Barrow Island.

‘Although we are not directly involved in the organisation or planning of the event, we did have some fundraising staff and volunteers present to represent us.

‘We have already been in touch with them, and the event’s organisers, to offer any immediate support they may need. We will be available to them to help in any way we can.’

The incident has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.

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