EIGHT children and two adults were injured when a rollercoaster at the Motherwell theme park derailed and fell 20ft onto the ground below.
A HEALTH and safety probe is under way at M&D’s theme park.
The theme park is closed “under further notice” after a rollercoaster derailed and fell 20ft onto the ground below, injuring ten people.
Eight children and two adults remain in hospital this morning after the incident involving the park’s Tsunami ride, with three youngsters said to be in a serious condition.
Chief inspector David Bruce said: “On arrival 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.
“A joint investigation by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive is now under way.”
According to M&D’s website, the Tsunami rollercoaster can go at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
The M&D’s theme park in Motherwell has been witness to several failures over the last five years.
This is the eighth accident at the Strathclyde Park attraction since 2011.
The Italian-built Tsunami ride first operated in Spain and France before coming to the UK in October 2003 at the Hull Fair.
On July 3 2011, nine people had to be rescued from the Tsunami ride after being trapped for up to eight hours when it suffered mechanical failure.
It was classified as “a dangerous occurrence” by the Health and Safety Executive.
A spokesman for M&D’s said: “As a family-run business, our thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families. We wish everyone a full recovery.
“We are cooperating fully with Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive on their joint investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident.”
Original Source – Daily Record.