Rollercoaster smash victim who was horrifically injured already cheated death

A woman who was thrown almost 30ft into the air when she was struck by a rollercoaster survived another life-threatening accident just 18 months ago.

Shylah Rodden had only recently learned to walk again after a horror car accident in January 2021 when her vehicle flipped after ploughing into two other vehicles.

Shylah, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was thrown from the vehicle and needed an extensive programme of rehabilitation to get back on her feet.

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On Sunday (September 25) the unlucky Melbourne woman was involved in another accident as she tried to retrieve a mobile phone she had dropped on the track of a thousand-foot rollercoaster at the Melbourne Royal Show.

As she tried to recover the lost phone she was struck by one of the cars of the 40mph rollercoaster, hurling her 29 feet into the air and sending her plummeting to the tarmac below.

Shylah’s family say she has sustained “horrific” injuries including several broken bones and brain damage.

The 26-year-old had been working at a friend's stall at the show, and had decided to use her break time to try out a few of the rides.

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It was then the horrendous accident occurred. One of the carriages of the rollercoaster stuck Shylah at over 40mph, sending her plummeting to the ground.

Shylah's father Alan Rodden told the Daily Mail that his daughter had sustained “life-changing” injuries.

“Obviously I can't talk to my daughter,” he said. “She’s going to be in a coma for quite a while"

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“The injuries are horrific. Horrific," Alan said. "She's brain damaged. It's pelvic, her arms, legs, back, neck – there's hardly a thing that's not broken. 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.”

A Melbourne Royal Show spokeswoman stressed that “the safety and well-being of our visitors to the show continues to be our number one priority."


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