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Tomb Blaster remains closed at Chessington World of Adventures following accidentSubmitted by Nick Sim on Thursday, June 28, 2012 08:37
The Tomb Blaster attraction at Chessington World of Adventures remains closed as an investigation continues into an accident that left a four-year-old girl in a critical condition.
BBC News reports that Jessica Blake, who suffered serious head injuries when she fell from the ride's queue line on June 7, is making "small improvements". However, she is currently still being treated by staff at St. George's Hospital in Surrey.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), along with Chessington's own staff, are still investigating the cause of the accident. The park's website currently warns guests that Tomb Blaster is out of action, with no reopening date having been set.
Jessica's mother Sarah Archer recently described the incident in an interview, revealing that her daughter had fallen through a gap in the fence surrounding Tomb Blaster's raised queue. This caused her to fall 14 feet to the ground below, suffering a fractured skull, breeding on the brain and broken ribs.
The HSE investigation is believed to be focusing on the queue line, which winds around the Forbidden Kingdom area of Chessington World of Adventures. It is unlikely that the Tomb Blaster ride itself will undergo any changes as a result of the accident, but it is possible that updates will be required to be made to the queue line before it is allowed to return to operations.
Tomb Blaster is a heavily-themed interactive laser gun ride, which sees guests blasting their way through an ancient Egyptian tomb. The waiting area is designed to fit with this theme, with guests queuing around the exterior and interior of the "tomb".