At least 7 hurt after rollercoaster crash in Motherwell

A rollercoaster has crashed to the ground at the M&D's theme park in Motherwell

Sunday, 26th June 2016, 4:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:03 pm
The Tsunami ride at Motherwell's M&Ds.

Visitors to M&Ds amusement park in Motherwell, near Glasgow, posted images on social media appearing to show a carriage on a pathway surrounded by dozens of people.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Emergency services are responding to an ongoing incident at M&Ds theme park in Motherwell and further updates will be given in due course.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said six ambulance crews and a specialist operation team were on the scene.

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An image posted on social media of the incident

He said: “I can confirm that we are attending an incident at M&Ds theme park in Motherwell.”

Katie Burns said she had just finished riding the Tsunami rollercoaster and was walking past when the carriage crashed with children on board.

On Facebook, she said: “Literally got off the Tsunami at M&Ds and then walking past and the next lot of people get on and the full thing goes off the tracks.

“Honestly never been so scared in my life, with this weather they should not be on,

An image posted on social media of the incident

“Kids and adults are still on it upside down, it’s like something out a horror film, children crying and everything.

“Literally can’t believe this, my heart goes out to everyone on it, a full load came off the track but and on the pavement, like a horror film worse thing ever heard and seen, can’t get over this.”

She posted an image of one of the rollercoaster wheels on the pavment.

Police Scotland said seven people have been injured in the crash.

According to the M&D’s website, the Tsunami rollercoaster can go at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour through corkscrew turns and loops on a 650km track.

Children under 10 are not allowed to use the ride, and under 14s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Another picture, taken by Dean Borris, shows people trapped upside down in their seats on the carriage, with their legs protruding into the air.