Roller coaster carriage derails injuring 11 at Scottish theme park

Horrific Roller Coaster Accident in Scotland
Horrific Roller Coaster Accident in Scotland

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - A roller coaster carriage at a theme park in Scotland came off its rails on Sunday and fell 30 feet (nine meters) onto a children's ride, local media reported, with police saying 11 people had been injured.

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The Daily Record newspaper cited eyewitness reports saying the carriage, carrying 10 people, on the Tsunami ride at M&D's theme park in Motherwell in southern Scotland flew off the rails as it turned a corner and plummeted to the ground.

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"A serious incident occurred at M&D's today involving the Tsunami roller coaster. We have all emergency services on site to assist. The theme park is closed until further notice," a spokeswoman for the park said in a statement.

Lanarkshire Police said emergency services were dealing with an incident at the theme park.

"At this time we are aware of 11 casualties - two adults and nine children, who are all being treated at local hospitals. We are unable to give more detail of their injuries at this stage," it said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The Scottish ambulance service said six ambulance crews, a special operations response team and emergency doctors had been sent to the park.

Pictures on Twitter showed people trying to help those trapped in an upside down carriage. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and William James; Editing by Conor Humphries and Stephen Powell)