Woman feared paralysed after freak flying fox accident

There are fears a woman might be left paralysed following an accident on a flying fox.

The woman, 37, was at a family gathering at a property on Morgan Road, Belrose on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Sunday afternoon.

Children were playing on what police described as a zip-line or flying fox with a chair attached.

A woman has been left critically injured following an accident on what police describe as a flying fox or zip-line in Sydney's Northern Beaches on Sunday. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

The device, which was 40-metres-long and strung between two trees, had a braking system involving a friction device and elastic cord as backup, NSW Police said in statement.

The 37-year-old decided to try the flying fox and travelled down the line at speed.

Police were told the braking system failed to slow her down and she was flung at the end of the ride into a tree.

Morgan Road, Belrose near where the accident occurred. Source: Google Maps (file pic)

She was found motionless and bleeding from a head wound by emergency services.

It’s feared she not only has a head injury but also fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a severed spine.

She was transported to Royal North Shore Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook, download the Yahoo News app from iTunes or Google Play and stay up to date with the latest news with Yahoo’s daily newsletter. Sign up here.