9 Children and 2 Adults Injured After Scottish Rollercoaster Accident
'It's like something out a horror film,' one eyewitness to the event said
Nine children and two adults have been injured after a rollercoaster derailed at the M&D theme park in Motherwell, Scotland, according to police.
The Tsunami, an inverted rollercoaster, flew off its tracks and landed on a children’s biking area, according to ITV News.
“At this time we are aware of 11 casualties – two adults and nine children, who are all being treated at local hospitals,” the Lanarkshire Police Division confirmed in a statement. “We are unable to give more detail of their injuries at this stage.”
“Emergency services are at the scene dealing with the incident at M&Ds theme park.”
According to ITV, parkgoer Katie Burns took to Facebook to reveal she had just finished the ride when the incident occurred.
“Literally got off the Tsunami at M&Ds and then walking past and the next lot of people get on and the full thing goes off the tracks. Honestly never been so scared in my life,” she wrote, according to ITV. “Kids and adults are still on it upside down, it’s like something out a horror film, children crying and everything.”
Witnesses say some people appeared to be trapped in the ride as others rushed to their aid.
“Some kids got out quickly, unscathed. Others looked to be hurt,” parkgoer Ben Genovese told ITV News. “All the rides were then closed and most people headed for the exits.”
In photos taken by bystanders, the pavement appeared wet and people were wearing ponchos.
M&D’s amusement park said in a statement that the theme park was closed down after “a serious incident occurred at M&D’s today involving The Tsunami roller coaster,” according to NBC News.
“We have all emergency services on site to assist. The theme park is closed until further notice.”