Rollercoaster Accident in Scotland Injures 11, Closes Park
At least 11 people were injured during a rollercoaster crash at M&D’s theme park in Scotland on Sunday.
Police Scotland confirmed the incident, saying “emergency services are responding to an ongoing incident” at the park.
“At this time we are aware of 11 casualties—two adults and nine children, who are all being treated at local hospitals. We are unable to give more detail of their injuries at this stage,” the Lanarkshire Police Division said in a statement.
Emergency services are responding to an ongoing incident at M&Ds theme park in Motherwell and further updates will be given in due course.
— Police Scotland (@policescotland) June 26, 2016
A spokesperson for M&D’s said in a statement that “a serious incident occurred at M&D’s today involving the Tsunami rollercoaster. We have all emergency services on site to assist.
“The theme park is closed until further notice.”
On Twitter, users who apparently witnessed the accident expressed their shock.
“In shock at what I’ve just witnessed at M&D’s. Hope everyone is safe,” Demi Campbell tweeted.
“Absolutely horrified by a rollercoaster crash at M and D’s. All are safe now! First aiders did very well until emergency services arrived,” James Milleric tweeted.
UPDATE: Police: 7 ‘casualties’ in rollercoaster crash at M&D Theme Park in Motherwell, Scotland; No Confirmed Deaths pic.twitter.com/bxtYeuLW0m
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 26, 2016
An eyewitness told the BBC that “people were trapped upside down on the ride.”
Another witness, 13-year-old Caitlin Barnes, added, “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.”
M&D’s website says the Tsunami can reach speeds of 40 mph through loops and twists.