Australian woman run over by roller coaster trying to retrieve lost phone


An Australian woman has serious injuries to her head and face after being hit by a roller coaster carriage in Melbourne on Sunday.

The victim, identified as Shayla Rodden, 26, is believed to have stepped onto the tracks of the Melbourne Royal Show around 5:45pm on September 25 and picked up a dropped phone.

A carriage reportedly crashed into the woman, carrying her up to nine meters high before Rodden fell to the ground.

Shocked witnesses report hearing screams before the ride suddenly stops. Rodden was taken to the hospital with severe broken bones.

The Melbourne Royal Show said the area was off-limits for the time being.

“Injuries were reported on the Level Coaster ride,” it said in a statement, but said it was able to confirm that no one had fallen from the ride.

Victoria Police said they were present at the scene to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“Officers are working to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident and a crime scene has been identified.”

“Unfortunately, a woman was found lying on the ground. Detectives from the Yarra Crime Investigation Unit will be present at the scene and will work with WorkSafe to ascertain the circumstances of the case.”

The victim’s father, Alan Rodden, told the Daily Mail he’s still unsure what to believe about the incident that left his daughter in critical condition.

“The injuries are terrible. Horrible. She has brain damage. There’s very little left unbroken: her pelvis, her arms, legs, back, neck,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I don’t understand how this much damage could have happened. Even doctors say they haven’t seen anything this bad in a long time.”

The stall owner told the Herald Sun newspaper, “The vehicle went up, screamed, stopped and stayed that way for years.”

“Everybody was stuck in the vehicle for an hour or two…but the screaming was so loud. I think everyone must have been really scared,” she said.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a reporter based in Sydney. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Please contact her at [email protected].