Woman fighting for life and two others hurt after fairground ride 'malfunction' at Fudstock Festival in Cumbria

A WOMAN is fighting for her life and two others are hurt after a fairground ride 'malfunction' at the Fudstock Festival in Cumbria.

Emergency Services rushed to the scene in Cavendish Park, Barrow, at 8.30pm on Saturday after two women and one man were injured, say cops.

Two of those injured were reported to have been on a ride at the time of the shocking accident.

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

They have all been taken to Furness General Hospital.

Cops have not revealed which ride was involved, but there was a Waltzers ride and several inflatable attractions at the event, reports NWE Mail.

The accident took place at a local festival in the area called Fudstock, a charity being supported by the event said.

A cordon has been placed around the scene while investigations continue.

Cumbria Police said that officers, paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance attended.

The injuries have been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.

The family-friendly festival features cutting edge music as well as arts, wellbeing and children’s activities.

Fudstock is an annual community event which started several years ago to commemorate the life of Barrovian Richard Thorne ('Fud'), who hoped to create a festival in his hometown.

The dad died from bowel cancer in 2018 at the age of just 38.


Charity St Mary's Hospice, which Fudstock 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 hospice had said a day earlier: "Thank you to the organisers for the blood, sweat and tears that goes into putting an event of this size on, and thank you to all the Fudstockers for whatever you can give to contribute.

"Have an amazing time everyone."

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