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Girl "fell through fence" in Tomb Blaster queue accident at ChessingtonSubmitted by Nick Sim on Friday, June 15, 2012 08:44
The mother of a four-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a fall from the Tomb Blaster queue at Chessington World of Adventures has spoken of the incident for the first time.
Kent Online quotes Jessica Blakes' mother as saying that the girl fell through a fence that runs alongside the queue. This caused her to fall 14 feet to the ground below, where suffered serious a fractured skull, broken ribs and bleeding on the brain.
Sarah Archer said of the incident, which took place on June 7: "She was in front of me. We were all stood still in the queue. She simply had her hands on the fence. When the people came to move along in the queue, she fell through. There was nothing there to protect her. I can’t really remember anything after that."
Jessica remains in hospital in a critical condition. Tomb Blaster has been the subject of a Health and Safety Executive investigation following the incident, with BBC News having previously reported that this is focusing on the fence, which surrounds a raised queuing area.
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".