Woman dies of heart attack after going on ride at amusement park

Carla Knight 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

The amusement park is a fun place for most of us, but unfortunately, a woman died after enjoying her ride.

A mother collapsed and died moments after going on a ride at the theme park.

Carla Knight suffered a heart attack soon after enjoying her ride on the Maelstrom, a giant pendulum that propels riders over 70 feet in the air to the outside as they spin like a tornado.

The 42-year-old mother of two children died at the scene despite rescuers, a doctor out of service and the efforts of paramedics, to revive her.

The $1.5 million ride, which invites you to "experience the eye of the storm”, was closed for several
hours after the tragedy at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth, Staffordshire on Friday morning.

Lissy Goodyear, 17, saw the tragedy unfold. "They stopped the ride and put her down on the ground," she said. "I saw the paramedics trying to get her heart rate back again by doing CPR. I do not think there was much they could do. It was horrible to see," Goodyear said.

Mrs. Knight, who lived in Barwell, Leicester, worked as a caregiver at a respite for children with severe learning difficulties in the Dorothy Goodman School in Hinckley, Leicestershire.