A Scotland roller coaster plummeted 30 feet to the ground at a crowded theme park Sunday, injuring 10 people – eight of them children, reported the Daily Mail.
Emergency crews were called to M&D's theme park in Motherwell, Scotland, near Glasgow, about 3:40 p.m., local time, after a carriage on the roller coaster left its tracks and crashed to the ground, noted the newspaper.
The BBC News reported that a joint investigation is being conducted by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive as to why the corkscrew turn roller coaster the Tsunami malfunctioned.
"On arrival it became clear a series of five gondolas connected on a train on the Tsunami ride have detached from the rails, struck the superstructure and then struck the ground," Police Scotland chief inspector David Bruce said, according to the BBC News.
"… It would appear that they have been coming round a bend and at that point it has detached. It's an inverted rollercoaster which means that the riders hang in gondolas below the rails rather than sit above them," Bruce continued.
The Daily Mail wrote emergency personnel transported four children to the Royal Hospital for Children, where three were listed in serious condition and the fourth one in stable condition. Five victims were taken to Wishaw General Hospital where three children and one adult were listed as stable. One child victim there was discharged, noted the Daily Mail.
One adult was listed in stable condition at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, according to the Daily Mail.
One witness told the BBC News that "everybody was shocked and upset" after the incident as park visitors tried to assist the injured before emergency responders arrived.
"I heard first of all a loud bang," Caitlin Barnes, 13, told the BCC News, adding that she rode the roller coaster twice with friends before the accident. "At first I thought it was part of the ride because it had been a very loud ride the whole day.
"But when I turned around to look at it I saw the carriage just hurtling to the ground and then it crashed on top of another ride. … A lot of people in the park ran over and tried to help and there (were) loads of people just running about trying to tell people to call ambulances and call emergency services."
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative Party leader both issued statements saying that their "thoughts" were with those injured in the accident, according to the BBC News.
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