Wednesday 22 February 2017

Tsunami rollercoaster derails at Scotland's M&D theme park - nine children and two adults injured

Published 26/06/2016 | 16:37

Emergency services are responding to a rollercoaster crash at a theme park in Scotland.

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Visitors to M&Ds amusement park in Motherwell, near Glasgow, posted images on social media appearing to show a carriage on a pathway surrounded by dozens of people.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said six ambulance crews and a specialist operation team were on the scene.

Nine children and two adults were injured and are being treated in hospital, Police Scotland said.

According to the M&D's website, the Tsunami rollercoaster can go at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour through corkscrew turns and loops on a 650m track.

Children under 10 are not allowed to use the ride, and under 14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Katie Burns said she had just finished riding the Tsunami rollercoaster and was walking past when the carriage crashed with children on board.

On Facebook, she said: "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, with this weather they should not be on.

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

"Literally can't believe this, my heart goes out to everyone on it, a full load came off the track but and on the pavement, like a horror film worse thing ever heard and seen, can't get over this."

She posted an image of one of the rollercoaster wheels on the pavement.

Another picture, taken by Dean Borris, shows people trapped upside down in their seats on the carriage, with their legs protruding into the air.

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