Ten people hospitalised following roller coaster derailment

Ten people hospitalised following roller coaster derailment

Eight children and two adults are being treated in hospital following the derailment of a roller coaster at M&Ds Theme Park in Motherwell.

Emergency services races to the scene just before 4.00pm today.

The Tsunami inverted roller-coaster ride, involving five gondolas in a train, detached from its rails, collided with the ride’s main structure and struck the ground.

There were nine passengers on the ride.

Ten people, eight children and two adults, have been taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Wishaw General and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where they are being treated for injuries. The details of their injuries will be provided in due course.

The Theme Park and immediate area were evacuated following the incident and the Theme Park is now closed.

Chief Inspector David Bruce, said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those injured. A joint investigation by Police Scotland and HSE is now underway.

“I would appeal for any witnesses who have not yet come forward to please call 101. ”

A spokesman for M&D’s said: “As family-run business, our thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families. We wish everyone a full recovery.

“We are cooperating fully with Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on their joint investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident.”

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