Teenager in hospital after fairground fall

Author: By Ellen Branagh, Press Association

The boy, believed to be 15, was thrown from a ride at the Sonisphere Festival
at Knebworth Park just before 2.30pm on Saturday.

He was rushed to the nearby Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where
a spokesman today described his condition as “stable”.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The young man sustained
potentially life-threatening injuries and our paramedics at the venue worked
rapidly to treat and stabilise him.

“Following this, he was rushed to an awaiting trauma team at the Lister
Hospital in Stevenage.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was aware of the incident and
was investigating.

A spokesman said: “The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the
incident on Saturday afternoon which involved an Orbiter-type fairground
ride.

“Part of the ride has been taken from the scene for inspection by Health and
Safety Laboratories staff.”

Organisers of the two-day rock festival said today that they could make no
comment while the HSE investigation was ongoing.

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