So terrifying. A fun day at the amusement park turned nearly tragic when a roller coaster derailed and plummeted to the ground, injuring a total of 10 people including seven children. Get the details and see a scary video of the accident right here!
A roller coaster derailed at M&D’s amusement park in Scotland on June 27, leaving all nine riders in serious condition and injuring a bystander. The park’s fastest ride, the Tsunami, crashed to the ground after coming off the tracks, trapping the injured passengers in a pretty horrific scene. Fortunately no deaths have been reported, but the accident certainly left many shaken up.
The Tsunami — an inverted roller coaster — plummeted 6 meters to the concrete, coming off the track entirely after going around a bend. It busted through the gated fence surrounding the coaster and left the passengers suspended upside down until emergency responders could help get them out. Two boys are in the most serious condition, with a 12-year-old suffering chest, abdominal, and leg injuries, and an 11-year-old dealing with serious injuries to his arm and hand.
Amongst the other riders were four other boys, a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man, who are all currently stable at a local hospital, according to police. A 19-year-old woman was also aboard the ride, but she has already been released following treatment. In addition to the nine riders, a 25-year-old woman was sent to the hospital as she had been passing by the ride at the time of the terrifying accident. She was found to be unharmed. Watch a video of the eerie scene below:
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This isn’t the first time the Tsunami has had mechanical issues. Five years ago, the ride broke down and left riders stuck in the air for 9 hours! It’s unclear what exactly happened to the ride this time around, but authorities are investigating what might have caused this horrific accident.
Almost immediately following the scary incident, the park’s director Douglas Taylor ensured that every ride is safety checked on a daily basis, also undergoing a “thorough independent inspection every 12 months,” he told BBC. “My brother Matthew and I have been in business together for 50 years and this is the first incident of this type that we have ever been involved in,” he added. “We are devastated as both a family and a business, and our heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this accident.”
HollywoodLifers, send your love to the injured riders as they recover from the scary crash.