At least 10 people, including eight children, suffered injuries after a roller coaster veered off its tracks and came crashing down on a children’s ride at a theme park in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Three kids are reportedly in serious condition in a Glasgow hospital.
The horrific incident occurred Sunday when the popular “Tsunami ride” at M&D's theme park derailed and fell from a 30-foot height onto another ride below. The roller coaster was full at the time, with at least 10 people on it.
“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,” witness James Millerick told Sky News. “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. The harnesses were still on as well so there was absolutely no movement.”
In shock at what I've just witnessed in M&Ds. Hope everyone is safe💕 pic.twitter.com/lWdOqJrEyB— DMI (@_demicampbell) June 26, 2016
“People were trapped upside down on the ride” following the crash, according to another eyewitness.
Tsunami, described as the Scotland’s “only inverted rollercoaster” on the amusement park's website, reaches speeds of 40 mph “through corkscrew twists, turns and loops over 650 km of track.”
The authorities evacuated the park shortly after six ambulances and six fire engines responded to the scene. The injured were transferred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Wishaw General and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. However, as the BBC reports, the details of their injuries have not yet been released.
“We can confirm we are currently working with other emergency services to ascertain the full extent of the situation,” Scotland Police said in a statement. “We can confirm there are injured parties — approximately seven people.”
Tsunami roller coaster has left the tracks and crashed to the ground at M&Ds emergency services here attending so shocked 😱😞😢 #shocked— NikTbh (@NikTbh) June 26, 2016
Several people who were present at M&D at the time of the derailment later took to social media to share their devastating experience, detailing the chaos and disorder at the scene after the carriages landed on the concrete ground.
My friend just uploaded this picture of one of the wheels that flew off the from the tsunami rollercoaster at M&d's pic.twitter.com/Kc8U1fOjut— Adam Wilson (@adw1991) June 26, 2016
“Literally got off the Tsunami at M&D's and then walking past and the next lot of people get on and the full thing goes off the tracks,” witness Katie Burns wrote on Facebook, according to the BBC. “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.”