SCOTLAND – Eleven people were injured when a roller coaster car derailed at a theme park in Scotland on Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses described chaotic scenes as staff and visitors to M&D’s amusement park in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, rushed to help those injured.
In a post on Facebook, Lanarkshire Police said two adults and nine children were being treated at local hospitals. “We are unable to give more detail of their injuries at this stage,” police said.
The incident occurred on the “Tsunami” roller coaster, which can travel at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, according to the park’s website. Children under 10 are not permitted to ride, the park says.
James Millerick from Glasgow, who said he had rode the Tsunami just a few minutes before the derailment, described hearing a crash and screams as he waited in line for another ride with his partner.
Millerick said he was shaken after witnessing a number of people trapped in the derailed car after the crash.
In a statement, M&D’s said the park would be closed until further notice due to a “serious incident.”
Police Scotland said emergency responders were at the scene.