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Two die on fairground ride in Paris

Published 05/08/2007

A father and son were killed at a fairground outside Paris when a mechanical ride malfunctioned, throwing them violently to the ground, police said today.

Two other family members were seriously injured late last night on the 'Booster' ride at the fairground in Saint-Germain-en-Laye west of Paris, which has two spinning mechanical arms with baskets for passengers at each end.

One of the arms broke off, sending a basket crashing to the ground, police said. The victims were not immediately identified, but police said they were a 48 year old man and his 21 year old son. Two other members of the family, also in the basket, were taken to hospital.

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