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Roller coaster carriage derails injuring 11 at Scottish theme park (Update 2)

File Photo: M&D's theme park in Motherwell Tsunami rollercoaster

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

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.

“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.


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