Chil­dren in­jured af­ter de­railed roller­coaster plunges 30ft to ground

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Ly­dia Willgress and Aus­lan Cramb

TEN peo­ple, in­clud­ing eight chil­dren, have been in­jured af­ter a roller­coaster de­railed and plunged to the ground at a theme park in Scot­land.

The Tsunami ride at M& D’s park in Strath­clyde Coun­try Park, Mother­well, had nine peo­ple on board, pos­si­bly in­clud­ing chil­dren as young as 10, when it de­railed at around 3.30pm yes­ter­day.

Po­lice said the gon­do­las had fallen “less than 20 feet” and ap­peared to have de­railed as they came round a bend.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic ran to the scene to try to res­cue peo­ple from un­der­neath the up­turned car­riages. Pho­to­graphs showed a young girl be­ing lifted from the wreck­age by her legs.

Those who wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent spoke of their shock af­ter­wards on Twit­ter. Demi Camp­bell, 20, added sev­eral pho­to­graphs of the in­ci­dent and wrote: “In shock at what I’ve just wit­nessed in M& Ds.”

James Mil­l­er­ick, from Glas­gow, who was at the park with his girl­friend when the in­ci­dent oc­curred, said he was “ab­so­lutely hor­ri­fied” when he heard “shrieks” from cus­tomers while queu­ing for an­other roller­coaster.

He said he thought it did not fall from the high­est point. He told Sky News the car­riage went through a gated fence at the side of the ride and landed up­side down on a con­crete path at the side.

He added: “There were maybe seven or eight in­di­vid­u­als, mostly of younger age be­tween maybe 10 and 15 years old that were trapped in­side the roller­coaster ly­ing on the ground. The har­nesses were still on as well so there was ab­so­lutely no move­ment.”

A spokesman for M&D’s said the theme park was closed un­til fur­ther no­tice due to a “se­ri­ous in­ci­dent”.

Ch Insp David Bruce said five gon­do­las, which hang be­low the track, were be­lieved to have come off the rails as they went round a cor­ner.

He added: “It be­came clear that a se­ries of five gon­do­las con­nected on a train on the Tsunami ride have de­tached from the rails, struck the su­per­struc­ture and then struck the ground.

“As a re­sult of this ac­ci­dent 10 peo­ple have been in­jured, two adults and eight chil­dren,” he said.

The Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said six am­bu­lances, a spe­cial op­er­a­tions team and emer­gency doc­tors were sent to the park.

Caitlin Barnes, 13, said she had been on the ride twice and was stand­ing near it when it crashed.

She said: “I heard first of all a loud bang. At first I thought it was part of the ride be­cause it had been a very loud ride the whole day.

“But when I turned around to look at it I saw the car­riage just hurtling to the ground and then it crashed on top of an­other ride. I could see that there was lots of peo­ple trapped – prob­a­bly up to 10 – and I saw a girl up­side down, stuck.”

Ni­cola Stur­geon, Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter, and Ruth David­son, the Scot­tish Tory leader, both ex­pressed their shock and con­cern for the in­jured.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic rushed to try to free peo­ple trapped in the car­riages of the de­railed roller­coaster at M&D’s theme park

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