Shylah Rodden, the victim of a horrific rollercoaster accident Sunday in Australia, had walked on the track to retrieve a cell phone, a video posted to social media showed.
Rodden, 26, remains in critical condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital after she walked onto the rollercoaster track at the Royal Melbourne Show on Sunday night and was struck by the coaster.
According to news.com.au, Rodden was trying to retrieve a dropped phone from beneath the track when she was struck and dragged 25 feet into the air before falling.
Rodden had just learned to walk again after a horrific car crash last year. An eyewitness who unintentionally captured the moment the 26-year-old girl was struck by the rollercoaster said he “hasn’t slept since” after being left traumatized by the incident.
Graphic footage of the incident was uploaded to TikTok in the aftermath. The coaster was travelling more than 40 miles per hour.
Jordan, whose surname has not been identified, told 7NEWS he was filming the rollercoaster as his sister and partner, who were in the front, came around the loop.
The Rodden family, meanwhile, said she suffered “horrific” injuries including several broken bones and brain damage.
“The injuries are horrific,” her father Alan Rodden said. “Horrific. She’s brain-damaged. It’s pelvic, her arms, legs, back, neck – there’s hardly a thing that’s not broken,” he said.
“I just can’t work out how the hell so much damage has been done. Even the doctors have said they haven’t seen anything as bad as this for a long time.”
In January 2021, she was ejected from her car after it ran into a truck and a car. It was reported she was not wearing a seatbelt.
In addition, the tragedy comes less than two months after her brother Jason died.