Lightwater Valley closes ride after death in the US

The Claw. Photo: Paul Harrop.

Lightwater Valley has closed its Eagle’s Claw ride as a precaution after an man died and three others were critically injured when they were flung from a similar ride in America last week.

The ride, known as the KMG Afterburner, spins passengers while swinging in a pendulum motion.

Lightwater Valley, near Ripon, said it voluntarily closed the ride immediately after hearing about the accident in Ohio.

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A spokesman said: “We were deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the tragic accident in the US and our thoughts go out to the families of those concerned.

“While there are fundamental and significant differences between our ride and the one involved in this terrible incident we entirely support the Health and Safety Executive’s decision to not operate these types of ride in Great Britain until all the facts are known and a comprehensive investigation has taken place.

“Our ride has undergone the most stringent of safety checks, however as a precaution we strongly believe this is the correct and responsible thing to do. The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of paramount importance. We will, of course, notify the public when the ride is back in operation.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has served enforcement notices on another five rides operating in the country, taking them out of use until checks have been made.