Mother falls to her death from roller coaster in France as husband 'tries to grab her foot'

The Formula 1 roller coaster in France.
The Formula 1 roller coaster in France. Photo credit: Youtube, GoogleMaps

Witnesses have recounted the "horrible" moment a mother fell from a theme park roller coaster in France on Saturday.

The 32-year-old woman was celebrating her child's second birthday with her sister, mother and husband at Parc Saint-Paul in Oise, northern France.

The woman and her husband were on the Formula 1 ride, which another person died on in 2009, when she became loose.

"My children wanted to get in the carousel, and we heard screaming, then I saw the lady, who was strong, fall," witness Farida told Courrier Picard news.

"She went over the [safety] bar and her husband tried to catch her by the foot."

Another witness Priscilla told Le Parisien: "I heard a man scream. I got closer and saw this bloody woman at the foot of the [ride]. She didn't move, it was horrible".

"My children were on the merry-go-round. My daughter saw the lady fall. They are extremely shocked."

Theme park manager Gilles Campion confirmed to FR24 News the woman, who is yet to be named, died at the scene.

"The firefighters intervened and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the victim. No other person was injured," they said.

"The park area has been completely cut off for visitors. The teams have taken care of the visitors and families affected.

"All the teams join the family to express their deepest sadness following this event."

A police spokesperson told FR24 News they are still working to determine the cause of the accident.

However, this is not the first accident to have occurred at the theme park.

In 2009, a 35-year-old woman died on the same Formula 1 ride, Metro reported.

In 2005 another roller coaster also broke loose and slammed into a metal pole, seriously injuring four after a similar incident left 11 people injured a month earlier.