Shylah Rodden critical after Melbourne Royal Show crash, TikTok filmer speaks out

The man who unintentionally captured the moment a young woman was struck by a fast-moving rollercoaster “hasn’t slept since” the horrifying incident.

Shylah Rodden, 26, is fighting for her life after being hit by the Rebel Coaster at the Melbourne Royal Show on Sunday night.

Graphic footage of the tragic incident was uploaded to TikTok, which shows the moment Ms Rodden was struck by the ride, which can go up to 70km/h.

She was then dragged nine meters into the air before plummeting to the ground.

NCA NewsWire has not chosen to publish the confronting vision.

Jordan said he was filming his sister Chloe and his partner Alex on the ride when he accidentally captured the accident.

“All of a sudden, I saw someone getting taken up but at the same time I’m thinking ‘f***, my sister, my partner,” he told 7News.

“But you can see she’d bent down to pick something up. I do n’t know if it was a phone or what, but she was so fixated on picking it up that she did n’t even see the ride at all.”

Ms Rodden did not appear to notice the rollercoaster coming towards her, but Jordan heard “screams” from other people in the areas at the carriage approached.

Jordan praised the efforts of first responders over how they handled the situation and the support they offered nearby witnesses.

“I was trying to sign my name at the bottom of my statement and my hand was shaking. I’ve never experienced anything like that and I hope it never happens again,” he said.

Jordan passed the footage onto Victorian Police as part of their investigation.

Ms Rodden is still in a critical condition four days on from the incident.

The Rebel Coaster was initially closed following Sunday night’s tragedy, but was reopened on Tuesday WorkSafe had finalized an inspection report and declared the ride safe to be reopened.

“The safety and wellbeing of our visitors to the Show continues to be our number one priority,” A Melbourne Royal Show spokesperson said.

“We uphold safety protocols in line with Victorian WorkSafe regulations all rides on site have strict stringent compliance inspections.

“No ride is turned on until it has passed all the required safety and compliance documentation.”

Authorities believe Ms Rodeen snuck through the fenced off area because she was attempting to retrieve her phone, which she had dropped earlier.

“It appears at this early stage the woman, believed aged in her 20s, may have walked on and entered the track to try and retrieve a dropped phone before she was hit by a roller-coaster carriage, about 5.45pm,” the Victoria Police spokesperson said.

That was also the belief of Melbourne Royal Show chief executive Brad Jenkins.

“From our understanding, there was a mobile phone at the base of the Rebel Coaster that she dropped on the ride and she went back to recover the mobile phone,” he said.

“Regrettably, she was tragically struck by the cart coming down.”

He also described the incident as a “tragic accident” and stressed it was not caused by “a malfunction of a ride”. 

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