A traumatized man who accidentally captured the tragic moment a young woman was hit by a roller coaster traveling at 70km/h says he “hasn’t slept since”.
Witness Jordan said he was filming his sister and partner riding the Rebel Coaster at the Melbourne Royal Show on Sunday when he captured the moment Shylah Rodden, 26, was hit by the ride.
The shocking video shows Ms. Rodden being dragged halfway through the next circuit before falling thirty feet to the ground.
Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to share the disturbing images out of respect for Ms Rodden’s family.
Jordan said he is traumatized and “hasn’t slept” since he accidentally filmed the moment Shylah Rodden (above) was hit by a roller coaster at the Melbourne Royal Show.
Disturbing footage, not released by the Daily Mail, shows the moment Mrs Rodden (circled in red) was hit by a passenger carriage traveling at 70km/h and dragged halfway through its next loop.
Jordan said she saw Ms. Rodden walk onto the track and bend down to retrieve something, all without noticing the roller coaster hurtling toward her.
‘It all happened so fast but so slowly. Suddenly I saw someone being taken but at the same time I was thinking “f**k, my sister, my partner,” she said. 7News.
Ms. Rodden remains in a coma with “horrible” facial injuries that her family describes as “life changing”.
What surprised Jordan, however, was how calm Ms. Rodden was immediately after she was beaten.
I didn’t hear her scream. The screams I heard came from the spectators, I think. It happened so fast,’ she said.
Ms. Rodden (above) was left with ‘horrific’ injuries including brain damage, multiple broken bones and facial damage.
Ms. Rodden’s devastated family has lashed out at vicious online bullies who blame Ms. Rodden for her injuries while she remains in critical condition and unable to speak, let alone defend herself.
“It’s sad and disgusting to see the untrue stories and cover up when my sister is fighting for her life,” her sister, Caisha, told Daily Mail Australia.
Her father, Alan Rodden, said Ms. Rodden’s injuries are much worse than anyone expected.
‘Obviously I can’t talk to my daughter. She is going to be in a coma for quite some time,” she said.
The wounds are horrible. Horrific. She has brain damage.
It is the pelvis, the arms, the legs, the back, the neck; there is almost nothing that is not broken.
Jordan thanked emergency services on scene who cordoned off the area where Ms Rodden was struck minutes after the accident and immediately offered witness counseling services (Melbourne Royal Show entrance pictured)
‘I just can’t understand how the hell so much damage has been done.
Even doctors have said they haven’t seen anything as bad as this in a long time.
Its devastation comes just two months after the death of Mrs. Rodden’s brother, Jason.
“Dad sat me down and told me my brother had passed away,” Ms. Rodden wrote in the weeks before her accident.
“He wasn’t just my older brother, he was my best friend, my everything, the person I looked up to and inspired me to be.
Ms. Rodden’s family has lashed out at online bullies who harass her (above) as she fights for her life.
He taught me a lot in life, he showed me the difference between right and wrong and he was never afraid to tell me how he really feels.
‘It doesn’t feel real, I keep thinking you’ll call me back.’
Jordan said dedicated emergency services at the scene of Ms Rodden’s accident on Sunday had the situation under control within minutes.
Police and show staff quickly cordoned off the area and manually moved people still on board the roller coaster to a level platform.
Passengers waited about 45 minutes before being allowed to exit the ride.
Jordan said police on the scene were “very nice” and immediately offered advice to witnesses.
The Rebel Coast ride (above), on which Ms. Rodden was seriously injured, reopened Tuesday after Sunday’s horrific accident.
“I was trying to sign my name at the bottom of my statement and my hand was shaking. I have never experienced anything like this and I hope it never happens again,” she said.
Caisha said that her sister was working for the program at the time of the incident.
‘Shylah was actually there working. She was helping her friend at her stall during the day and they sent her to her break with another worker and they decided to go on some rides to kill time and this happened unfortunately,” she said.
WorkSafe gave the Melbourne Royal Show the go-ahead to reopen the ride on Tuesday.
Mrs Rodden’s family have since criticized the move as “shameful” considering their daughter and sister were seriously injured just two days earlier.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact the police.