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Girl, 4, "critically ill" after fall from Tomb Blaster queue at Chessington World of AdventuresSubmitted by Nick Sim on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 07:00
A four-year-old girl who fell from the Tomb Blaster queue at Chessington World of Adventures last week is reportedly still in a critical condition in hospital.
Jessice Blake, who fell from the raised area that surrounds the tomb-themed building that houses the dark ride, is being treated at nearby St. George's Hospital. She suffered from serious head injuries, and was treated on-site by Chessington's medical staff before ambulance teams arrived.
Tomb Blaster is currently closed while inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the park itself conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident. BBC News reports that this is focusing on the fence that surrounds the raised queue area, with reports variously placing the height of the drop at as high as 30-feet or as low as 14-feet.
The Daily Mail initially reported that the girl fell through a gap in a rope bridge that forms part of the themed queue. More recent reports, though, have pointed to a missing panel in the fence that surrounds the queue, rather than the "missing planks" in the bridge that the newspaper claimed were to blame.
Tomb Blaster is a heavily-themed interactive laser gun ride, which sees guests blasting their way through an ancient Egyptian tomb. The queue line is designed to fit with this theme, with guests queuing around the exterior and interior of the "tomb".