Woman critical after falling 30 metres from showground ride in Cairns | Australia news

A woman is in a critical condition after falling from an amusement ride in far-north Queensland.

Emergency services were called to the Cairns showgrounds about 5.30pm on Saturday and took the woman, who is in her 20s, to Cairns hospital with critical injuries.

The woman fell up to 30 metres from the top of a ride called “the Hangover”.

Police said forensic crash investigators were at the scene and a joint investigation with workplace health and safety would be conducted.

Speaking to the media, critical care paramedic Denis O’Sullivan said the woman was unconscious when she was taken to hospital.

He said the woman had fallen into “components of the ride’s machinery” and paramedics were forced to undertake a “difficult extrication”.

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