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Horror at theme park as 10 hurt after ride derails

By Scott D'Arcy

Published 27/06/2016

The mangled wreckage of the derailed rollercoaster at M&D amusement park
The mangled wreckage of the derailed rollercoaster at M&D amusement park

Eight children and two adults have been taken to hospital after a rollercoaster derailed at a theme park in Scotland.

Eyewitnesses said the Tsunami ride at M&D's amusement park in Motherwell near Glasgow had been full when it came off the track shortly before 3.50pm.

Police, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene as several visitors posted images on social media appearing to show a mangled carriage on a path surrounded by dozens of people.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Chief Inspector David Bruce said: "Along with other emergency services we attended immediately and 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. We have launched an investigation and an inquiry between Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)."

He added: "They (the gondolas) fell less than 20 feet. It would appear that they have been coming round a bend and at that point it has detached.

"It's an inverted rollercoaster which means that the riders hang in gondolas below the rails rather than sit above them.

"It would appear to come off as it has come round a corner. It struck the ground but it hadn't struck anything on the ground."

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said: "My thoughts are with everyone involved in this terrible incident at M&D's theme park, especially those injured."

Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, added: "Awful news coming from M&Ds. Deeply concerning - our thoughts are with those affected and with emergency responders."

In one image, taken by Dean Borris, people can be seen trapped upside down in their seats on the carriage, with their legs protruding into the air.

Katie Burns said she had just finished riding the rollercoaster and was walking past when the carriage crashed with children on board. "Honestly never been so scared in my life, with this weather they should not be on," she wrote on Facebook.

"Kids and adults are still on it upside down, it's like something out a horror film, children crying and everything," she added.

Another witness, James Millerick, told Sky News: "When we got there the rollercoaster had come off the track entirely - straight through the gated fence at the side of the rollercoaster and was upside down on the concrete path at the side.

"There were maybe seven or eight individuals, mostly of younger age between maybe 10 and 15 years old that were actually trapped inside the rollercoaster lying on the ground."

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