Four people including 11-year-old girl rushed to hospital after fairground ride 'collapses' in Lambeth

Four people including 11-year-old girl rushed to hospital after fairground ride 'collapses' in Lambeth

Four people were rushed to hospital after a fairground ride “collapsed” at the Lambeth Country Show.

Emergency services were called to Brockwell Park after the ride malfunctioned on Saturday evening.

The four people injured include a man and a woman in their 40s, a man in his 50s and an 11-year-old girl.

In an update on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said the woman in her 40s is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after the funfair ride failed.

The man in his 40s is also being treated for "potentially life-threatening injuries", the force said.

The man in his 50s and the 11-year-old girl have both been discharged from hospital.

A spokesperson for Lambeth Police said on Saturday: “Emergency services responded at around 6.20pm on Saturday to a fairground ride having failed at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park.

“Four people have been taken to hospital. We await an assessment of their conditions. Nobody is trapped on the ride.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 6:18pm today (8 June) to reports of an incident at Brockwell Park, SE24.

“We sent multiple resources to the scene including four ambulance crews and members of our hazardous area response team. We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance.

“We treated four people at the scene and took them all to major trauma centres.”

Enquiries are under way to establish the circumstances and cordons are in place at the location. The Health & Safety Executive will be informed.

A Lambeth Council spokesperson said: “The incident was report at around 6.20pm today (June 8) and emergency services were quickly on the scene to treat four people who were injured.

“Paramedics and on-site teams cordoned off the area and those who were injured have been taken to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

“The situation is being closely monitored. The area around the ride is secure and the funfair has been closed.

“A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the malfunction.

“Additional safety inspections are being carried out on all rides and attractions at the show

“We thank the emergency services for their swift response and dedication. The safety and well-being of our visitors remain our top priority.”

Helen Hayes, the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood, expressed her shock upon learning of the incident.

She said: "I’m shocked to learn of the failure of a fairground ride at Lambeth Country Show earlier this evening. My thoughts are with those who were injured and all who witnessed this horrific event.

“Thank you to the emergency services who attended. There must now be an urgent investigation."

The Lambeth Country Show is a popular annual event held in Brockwell Park.

The show typically takes place over a weekend in June or July and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

Known for its unique blend of urban and rural activities, it offers a wide range of attractions and entertainment for people of all ages including live music, dance and theatre performances.