A young schoolgirl has miraculously escaped with only minor injuries after being flung from an 80km/h fairground ride into a metal safety barrier.
Nine-year-old Yasmin Vickery’s terrifying ordeal was caught on mobile phone footage, shot by mum Kim, who initially feared she had been paralysed, reports the Daily Mail.
Yasmin, from Northamptonshire in England, was initially treated for a broken neck and placed in a brace but only suffered severe bruising.
The film shows the emergency button being pressed to stop the ride following a loud thud.
Mother-of-three Kim described the terrifying moment she feared her daughter was dead.
“Yasmin had been on the ride with her little cousin Kya and the bar came up, as she went to lean to pull it back she came flying off,” she said.
“She spun into the air because it was going so fast, then you could hear this almighty thud. She had gone flying through the barrier.
“I was filming the ride and didn’t notice until the ride stopped what had happened, we were laughing and joking at the time.
“But then I just saw my little girl in a heap over the other side. My six-year-old daughter Talisha who had been watching was in tears, she was petrified - she thought her sister was dead.
“When I ran across and Yasmin said she couldn’t feel her legs - I thought she was paralysed, she could have quite easily have died but she took the brunt of the force on her side rather than her head.
“The impact was sideways, but the paramedics said if she had gone through head first she probably wouldn’t be here.
“It’s been every mother’s worst nightmare but I know she is very lucky and it could have been so much worse.
“Most people wouldn’t survive a car crash at that speed, let alone being thrown through the air off a ride.”
Yasmin is still bed-bound and said: “It really hurts. I’m not going back to school for a week or more. I can’t put any weight on one leg.”
Nobody from the fairground has been available for comment.