There were scenes of screaming and carnage at the popular Lightwater Valley theme park when a wild animal strayed on to a rollercoaster track.

Riders on the popular "Ultimate" rollercoaster were sprayed with blood

Riders on the popular “Ultimate” rollercoaster were sprayed with blood

The deer somehow managed to get over a perimeter fence at Lightwater Valley, near Ripon in North Yorkshire and was killed by The Ultimate rollercoaster ride.

Passengers on Europe’s longest rollercoaster were showered with blood after one of the carriages on the seven-minute one-and-a-half-miles ride somehow decapitated the animal.  The £5 million ride which opened in 1991 was closed after the incident.

A spokeswoman for Lightwater Valley released a statement saying: “We can confirm a young deer did unfortunately get hit by The Ultimate train yesterday and was killed instantly. There is a large perimeter fence surrounding the theme park but occasionally wild animals do manage to stray onto the park during the night. After the incident The Ultimate was closed for 30 minutes whilst the ride was thoroughly checked and then normal operation resumed.”

Sunday’s horrific incident is not the first time that the rollercoaster has claimed the life of a deer; in 1994 a 12 year-old boy needed hospital treatment after a stray deer was collided with one of the ride’s carriages.

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