Rollercoaster derails at Scotland's M&D theme park, injuring 11 (PHOTOS)
Eyewitnesses told the Mirror that around eight to 10 people were on board the rollercoaster carriage when it derailed, dropping some 30ft (10 meters) to the ground. A number of people were trapped in the wreckage.
Police have confirmed 11 casualties in the incident, two adults and nine children, but did not provide any details about the severity of their injuries.
In shock at what I've just witnessed in M&Ds. Hope everyone is safe💕 pic.twitter.com/lWdOqJrEyB— DMI (@_demicampbell) June 26, 2016
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
The Scottish ambulance service said six ambulance crews, a special response team and emergency doctors had been sent to the park.
Images taken at the park in the aftermath of the incident show shocked patrons removing wreckage and pulling someone clear from the crashed ride.
Eye-witness at M&Ds incident: "I've never been so scared in my life... it’s like something out a horror film" https://t.co/GDYaN8KlNO— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) June 26, 2016
The incident concerns the ‘Tsunami’ rollercoaster, which the park describes as “Scotland’s only inverted rollercoaster” capable of traveling “at speeds of up to 65kph through corkscrew twists, turns and loops.”
The Tsunami rollercoaster carriage derailed on Sunday afternoon, landing on top of another ride, according to the Daily Record.
1 person still trapped after tsunami ride falls off rails at M&D's. Hope everyone else is OK.— Claire Walker (@claireVwalker) June 26, 2016
saw this on fb, today at m&ds! 😨 pic.twitter.com/M4wDbGIoXa— clairey... (@claireyjanex) June 26, 2016
The Tsunami just came off the rails at M&Ds. Absolute scenes. Kids look hurt!— Ben (@BenGenovese) June 26, 2016
Really bad accident at M.& D's the tsunami rollercoaster has come flying off the rails and landed in the park, lots of people hurt.@SkyNews— LORDY-MCFC® (@ianlord76) June 26, 2016
The theme park has now been evacuated, according to the BBC.
In a statement, the park said it would remain "closed until further notice."
Nine people had to be rescued from the same ride in 2011 after it came to a halt 60ft above the ground. It took around eight hours for the last patron to be freed.
Earlier this year, eight people had to be rescued after the park’s Tornado rollercoaster came to a sudden halt 20ft (6 meters) above the ground.