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Young boy, 12, lucky to be alive after Looney Tunes carousel injury at Movie World, Gold Coast

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Young boy lucky to be alive after his head got stuck in roof cavity of Looney Tunes carousel – as witnesses say kids jumped off the ride screaming

  • A 12-year-old boy suffered deep cut to back of head on Looney Tunes carousel 
  • His head got caught in the the roof of the ride, witnesses say 
  • One mum said the boy got off the ride covered in blood with ‘his scalp showing’
  • Ride closed pending investigation after boy reportedly stood up 
  • It is understood the accident was not the result of any structural malfunction

A 12-year-old is lucky to be alive after his head got caught in the roof cavity of a carousel at a Gold Coast theme park, witnesses say.

The boy was riding on the Daffy Duck seat of the Looney Tunes Carousel at Movie World at about 1pm on Tuesday when he stood up on the foot rests – so his head was almost parallel with the roof of the ride.

‘His head went into the holes in the roof where the carousel poles go,’ Simone Cooper told Daily Mail Australia.

Ms Cooper, who was visiting the amusement park with her five-year-old and 16-month-old, said there was a loud bang before children started crying and a boy fell off the ride with ‘pretty much his scalp showing’.

‘His hair was pulled to one side and blood pouring down his face,’ she added.

It is understood the accident was not the result of any structural or mechanical malfunction on the ride. 

A 12-year-old boy almost scalped when his head went in to the roof of the carousel (circled). Pictured is a boy on the Daffy Duck seat of the ride, who was not involved in the incident

A 12-year-old boy almost scalped when his head went in to the roof of the carousel (circled). Pictured is a boy on the Daffy Duck seat of the ride, who was not involved in the incident

The boy, 12, had blood gushing down his face after his head got caught in the machanics of the ride (pictured)

The boy, 12, had blood gushing down his face after his head got caught in the machanics of the ride (pictured)

Another witness recalled the boy fell from the ride after he was hit in the head by the mechanism.

 The boy was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition.

Ms Cooper said her five-year-old saw the whole incident unfold.

‘The poor young ride attendant was also in shock,’ she said.

  ‘The guest received a laceration to his head and was attended to by Movie World’s nurse before being taken to hospital in a stable condition,’ a Village Roadshow Theme Parks spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.  

‘Our thoughts are with the guest and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.’ 

A boy was was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital and is in a stable condition

A boy was was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital and is in a stable condition

The spokesman added that ‘We pride ourselves on our standards of care and quality and an investigation is being conducted as a matter of priority into the exact cause of the incident.

‘In an abundance of caution the ride has been closed while we understand how the incident occurred.

‘The safety and wellbeing of guests and team members is our top priority at Village Roadshow Theme Parks and we are committed to providing guests with a fun and safe environment.’

Queensland Ambulance Service supervisor William Houghton described the injury as a ‘deep laceration to the back of the head’.

‘The scene was fine, the patient was at the side of the amusement ride, he had been tended to by (a registered nurses) before we got there so he had good first aid rendered to him before we arrived,’ he told News Corp.

‘I think it calmed everybody down at the scene as well …. Everyone was really helpful.’

 He said the boy was shaken but alert and in good spirits, adding that he was ‘extremely lucky’ that his injuries weren’t fatal. 

The ride is closed today as Movie World starts its extensive investigation.

Statement from Village Roadshow Theme Parks 

An ambulance was called to Movie World to attend to a guest following an incident on the carousel ride.

The guest received a laceration to his head and was attended to by Movie World’s Nurse before being taken to hospital in a stable condition. Our thoughts are with the guest and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.

We pride ourselves on our standards of care and quality and an investigation is being conducted as a matter of priority into the exact cause of the incident. In an abundance of caution the ride has been closed while we understand how the incident occurred.

The safety and wellbeing of guests and team members is our top priority at Village Roadshow Theme Parks and we are committed to providing guests with a fun and safe environment.

We will provide further updates when they are available.

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