n accident victim Student Gemma Savage
A FRENCH manufacturing firm is going on trial in connection with the death of a 20-year-old student on a rollercoaster at a North Yorkshire theme park.
Durham University student Gemma Savage was seriously injured when two cars collided on the Treetop Twister ride at the Lightwater Valley theme park, near Ripon, on June 20, 2001. She died in hospital a day later.
Three other riders were also injured in the incident.
Paris-based Societe Reverchon, the firm which manufactured the ride, will go on trial at Leeds Crown Court charged with failing to ensure the safety of the construction of the ride.
A not guilty plea was entered on the firm's behalf on November 14.
No-one from the company, which has gone into liquidation since the incident, had previously appeared at court hearings to enter pleas.
The owners of the theme park, Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd, and maintenance electrician Eric Butters, of Fairways Avenue, Harrogate, are also charged over the incident.
They have admitted breaches of health and safety law.