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Easter Ride Accident

  • Easter Ride Accident

Boy fighting for life after carnival mishap

A boy fighting for life in hospital after he was flung from a ride at the Rye Easter carnival is now believed to be just 5-years-old.

The boy was airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital for treatment after being thrown from the 'Cha Cha' ride last night.

Channel 9 Today Show reporter Christine Ahern has told 3AW Mornings local police say the boy is related to a worker at the carnival where the accident happened.

"In the report, it says this young boy had been hanging onto the side of one of the gondolas before he has fallen from it," she told 3AW's Tony Jones.

"How he got into that situation of course, is now all part of the Work Safe investigation."

Work Safe VIC have released a statement saying that "the ride may have been used by carnival workers and their families after the carnival had closed.".

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WorkSafe Statement

WorkSafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident in which a five-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after falling from a carnival ride in Rye yesterday.

The boy was on the Cha Cha ride when the incident took place, shortly after 5pm.

Initial inquiries indicate that the ride may have been used by carnival workers and their families after the carnival had closed.

WorkSafe was at the scene last night and issued a notice to ensure the scene was not disturbed so investigations could continue today.

Inquiries will focus on a number of issues, in particular the height requirements for riders, to determine if all safety procedures had been followed.

As the investigation is ongoing it is inappropriate to comment further.