Mum describes ‘absolute carnage’ as son among kids trapped under fairground ride

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A distraught mum has told of her horror as she watched on while her young son was trapped underneath a fairground ride.

Rebecca Adimora could only look on as "absolute carnage" unfolded in front of her at Fun City in Oldham on Saturday.

Several children were injured in the dramatic incident, which saw the ride closed and the Health and Safety Executive informed.

Ms Admiroa's three-year-old son Reuben was among those hurt in the chaos, which involved a swing ride.

She told the Manchester Evening News : "One side of the swings had about 12 kids on it and the other had none.

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Emergency services raced to the scene
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"The ride was going fine for the first couple of minutes and then it just started to tip slowly.

"Before you knew it, the whole side had turned over.

"The kids were crushed underneath."

Ms Adimora described what happened next as "absolute carnage", with distressed parents rushing to pull their children free.

"I was in complete panic," she said.

"I could not see my son because the roof was on top of them.

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"You could hear them all crying. I feared the worst.

"Some of the parents were trying to lift the swing up.

"My son was trapped and still fastened into the ride. I had to yank him out.

"My daughter was on another ride and saw what happened. She knew her brother was on that ride and she was crying her eyes out."

After pulling Reuben free, Ms Adimora took her son to hospital to have his injuries assessed.

He escaped with only cuts and bruises to his face.

"It could have been a lot worse," she said.

Chloe Moody, 12, injured her hand in a separate incident
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"I keep thinking about and I could not sleep last night.

"I'm just really thankful he is okay. It was just horrific."

Greater Manchester Police said two children had suffered "minor injuries".

In a separate incident which happened around an hour later, a young girl was injured after her hand was trapped in another ride.

Chloe Moody, 12, was on The Booster ride when her hand became trapped under a safety bar, her mum Rachel said.

"She screamed in agony straight away," said Ms Moody.

Ambulance crews at the scene
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"I had gone up the steps and by the time I got there, the operator had released the pressure.

"She was screaming.

"She has never been on the ride before.

"She was really hurt, so I kept asking if there was anyone who was first aid trained.

"My daughter was still crying. She isn't soft, so I know if she's crying then she is in pain."

Ms Moody said the ride operator called for a first aider before Chloe was assessed by paramedics who had arrived at the fairground following the first incident.

She was taken to North Manchester General Hospital and an X-ray revealed she had broken her scaphoid.

Chloe is now recovering at home, but must now wear her arm in a brace until further assessments are carried out.

Ms Moody, from Droylsden, added: "Everyone was looking at us because she was screaming.

"It was supposed to be a nice day out and it was up until that accident."

A spokesperson for Fun City said it had reported the first incident to the Health and Safety Executive and the ride had been closed pending an investigation.

They added: "There was a serious incident and there were some children that needed first aid.

"We provided first aid and a member of the public called the emergency services.

"They were checked over by paramedics. The injuries were mostly grazed knees and elbows."

The cause of the incident is not yet known.

The spokesperson said the second incident was also being reported, but following an initial investigation it was believed Chloe's injuries were the result of an 'unfortunate incident', rather than an issue with the ride itself.

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