- 10 people were injured after a rollercoaster crashed on a theme park in Scotland
- 3 children remain in serious condition, while the rest were reportedly stable and discharged from hospital
- The theme park will be closed until further notice
A rollercoaster derailed from its 20ft structure and crashed at a theme park in North Lanarkshire in Scotland on Sunday, June 26, which left 10 people injured.
The Tsunami ride at M&D’s park in Motherwell is thought to have had nine passengers on board, including two 19-year-old adults and seven children when it derailed around 3.30 pm. While a 25-year-old woman, who was passing-by the area, was also injured. They were immediately brought to three different hospitals: The Royal Hospital for Children, Wishaw General Hospital, and Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Three children remained in serious condition. One of the victims, a 12-year-old boy, is being treated for chest, abdominal and leg injuries while an 11-year-old boy is receiving treatment for arm and hand injuries, and a 12-year-old girl is in a coma after suffering a head injury, as per an article published by The Guardian.
The rest of the victims are already in stable condition and have been discharged from the hospital.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) embarked on a joint investigation with Police Scotland to look into the cause of the accident.
“Our thoughts are with the children and adults who have been injured in this incident and I must give praise to the emergency services and members of the public who came to their aid so quickly yesterday,” HSE principal inspector Barry Baker said.
“We have brought HSE specialists in mechanical engineering to the site to begin the process of finding out what caused the gondolas to come off the rails,” he added.
Results of the initial investigation showed that the rollercoaster was closed twice in the previous week for repairs due to “minor electrical fault” and the carriage was unable to catch on the chain used to pull the carriages to the top of the structure.
A source told The Daily Record: “They have done a lot of maintenance on the ride all week. I don’t think the chain has anything to do with what happened. But people had been saying there was something not right. It was jamming and jerking.”
A spokesperson for M&D’s Park said the Tsunami rollercoaster passed its annual safety check just weeks before the incident, and they have never seen an incident like it in 50 years. They also said that the theme park will be closed until further notice.