A child was taken to hospital and 18 others had to be rescued after a roller coaster broke down at an amusement park in England on Saturday.
According to the Independent, emergency services were called to Southport Pleasureland, Merseyside in the north of the country after the park’s ‘rocket coaster’ ride stopped working and guests were trapped.
A child who cracked his head and fell unconscious when the ride stopped working was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital.
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It is believed to have taken about 90 minutes to get everyone off the ride, which was done using an aerial work platform.
Michael Bowman, 57, traveled to the park with his wife and son and told reporters that onlookers “just stood and watched in shock,” reported the Independent.
“We went to the Rocket and I thought something was wrong. Suddenly, an aerial work platform passed us and employees guided people out of the way,” he said.
“We looked up and said, ‘Oh my god, it’s stuck all around.’ You could see it was slanting and they were all leaning.
“The parents held the children because they leaned out of the car in the curve.”
As reported by the Independent, a spokesman for Southport Pleasureland said the park “regrets the harm inflicted on passengers on one of our roller coasters yesterday” and that an investigation is now being conducted.
They claimed that all maintenance checks were performed on the ride that morning.
“The ride did exactly what its safety settings were programmed to do and stopped when it detected an error. It was the first run of the day and the ride, which has a capacity of 22 people, was loaded with 19 riders,” the spokesman said.
“No one was in danger of falling off the ride, the carriages were secure on the route and the park operations manager immediately went up the bridge to speak to the drivers and tell them they were being safely taken off the ride Part of the park’s instant response security process.
“Safety is always our priority and our team reviews and maintains rides and trains to keep an eye on emergency response should they be needed so they are delivered quickly and effectively.”
https://7news.com.au/news/world/parents-left-to-hang-on-to-dangling-children-after-rollercoaster-breaks-down-mid-ride-at-uk-fun-park–c-8041431 Parents had to hold on to dangling children after the roller coaster collapsed mid-ride at the UK amusement park