Horror moment woman, 26, is hit by rollercoaster and dragged 30ft leaving her fighting for life | The Sun
HORRIFIC footage of a woman being hit by a speeding rollercoaster has emerged online – as the victim fights for life in hospital.
Shylah Rodden was struck by the ride when she was allegedly trying retrieve a dropped mobile phone – and chilling video of the tragedy has been uploaded to TikTok.
The Sun Online have chosen not to share the video out of respect for Ms Rodden and her family.
But a still image from the sickening clip shows the moment the ride hurtles towards her.
The 26-year-old was dragged 30ft and thrown into the air by the Rebel Coaster in Melbourne, Australia, in front of shocked visitors.
She was left with multiple serious injuries including several fractures and is in a coma in intensive care.
Her family have called the Melbourne Royal Show "shameful" for reopening the ride two days after the accident.
And her distraught dad, Alan Rodden, has suggested claims that his daughter was solely to blame for the tragedy may be evidence of a "cover up."
He told the Daily Mail Australia: "There are a lot of stories going around and I don't know which one is true and if someone is covering their tracks."
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Since the family made these claims against the show, they have been targeted by online trolls with abuse.
One woman wrote: "And so it should be reopen, why would you even try getting your phone when the coaster was in use. Silly mistake by the girl."
Another user commented: "They can blame no one else but the lady who was injured.
"It was her choice to try and retrieve it while the ride was still running."
Someone else said: "Why would she grab her phone when the ride was still on? That's stupid."
Ms Rodden's sister, Caisha, said "misinformation" has only "distressed" and worsened her family's grief.
She hit back at trolls and said: "Shylah was actually there working.
"She was helping out her friend at her stall for the day and she was sent on her break with another worker and they decided to go on a few rides to kill time and this happened unfortunately.
"She is in critical condition and we won't know more until later today as we will be discussing with police and giving some eyewitness statements."
Mr Rodden spoke about his daughter's wounds, saying: "The injuries are horrific. Horrific.
"She's brain damaged. It's pelvic, her arms, legs, back, neck – there's hardly a thing that's not broken.
"Obviously I can't talk to my daughter. She's going to be in a coma for quite a while.
"I just can't work out how the hell so much damage has been done.
"Even the doctors have said they haven't seen anything as bad as this for a long time."
Show spokeswoman Katie Scanlan said in a statement: "The safety and well-being of our visitors to the show continues to be our number one priority.
"Strict safety protocols are upheld in line with Victorian WorkSafe regulations.
"All rides on site have undergone stringent compliance inspections and have passed all the required safety documentation."
Nathan Sanders, 18, who was working at the show on September 25, said he saw something fall in his peripheral and heard a scream.
The eyewitness said: "Me and my friend were like ‘what the hell was that?
"They were quite quick to act, they put up the barrier quite quickly and then there was an ambulance down and the crowd gathered around and they started pushing people away saying nothing happened… but obviously at the end of the day you don’t want to scare people.
"There were huge crowds of people."
Another eyewitness said: "She flew from the ride, loud bang. Followed by a scream and very loud crack of her hitting the ground."
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One stall owner at the show reported she heard the rollercoaster suddenly come to a screeching halt as people starting screaming.
"The screaming was so loud. I think everyone must have been really scared," she told The Herald Sun.
"The ride went up like normal, then there were screams, then it stopped and stayed that way for ages."
The passengers on the rollercoaster at the time were reportedly left stranded in the air on the ride for several hours.
Any witnesses have been urged to contact police immediately.
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