Roller Coaster Car Full of Kids Goes Flying

Crowd at M&D’s theme park tries to help
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2016 2:20 PM CDT
Roller Coaster Car Full of Kids Goes Flying
A snapshot taken at the scene of the roller coaster crash in Scotland on Sunday, June 26, 2016.   (YouTube)

People watched in horror Sunday as a roller coaster car flew off the rails and plummeted 30 feet to the ground at a Scottish theme park, injuring two adults and up to nine children. Eyewitnesses say the car from the Tsunami roller coaster landed upside-down on another ride at M&D’s theme park near Glasgow and left around 10 people trapped inside—most of whom were just kids, the Scotsman reports. "A lot of people in the park ran over and tried to help and there was loads of people just running about trying to tell people to call ambulances and call emergency services," an eyewitness tells the BBC. "Everybody was shocked and upset and a lot of them were crying with shock."

A chef working at the park managed to free a girl using alan keys, and a doctor tended to a boy whose injuries "looked really bad," a witness tells the Herald Scotland. "[Soon] the fire crews arrived and the ambulances so we just took a step back at the stage. But it was brutal. One guy who'd been on the ride was about 20 meters away from it." The Tsunami roller coaster, which winds through turns and loops at up to 40 mph, doesn't allow children under 10 and only lets on under-14s when accompanied by a paying adult. A rep from M&D's says the park is "closed until further notice." (More roller coasters stories.)

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