Monday, 17 July 2017
Dozens injured in roller coaster crash at Spanish theme park
Spanish authorities say 33 people and six children under 10-years-old were injured, when two roller coaster cars collided today on the TNT Tren de la Mina at Madrid’s Parque de Atracciones. Twenty-seven people needed hospital treatment for neck, back and stomach injuries as a result of the accident. However, emergency services spokeswoman Carmen Camacho said that none of the injuries appeared to be serious.
According to The Daily Mail, one train carriage, which had just completed the loop, failed to stop and hit the back of another carriage which was about to leave. The Tren de la Mina, reaches a height of 17.5 metres and travels through waterfalls at a maximum speed of 55 kilometres per hour, according to the theme park’s website. One eyewitness said that the waiting train was stuck, while the other train quickly approached from behind and hit it hard.
Riders can wear virtual reality goggles on the roller coaster, according to the park’s website.
Jordi Hernandez said: ‘With the virtual reality glasses people didn’t expect the crash and half lost their teeth or backs.
‘There were a bunch of kids there, and no one was expecting the hit.’
Park representatives told Spanish news agency Europa Press that the roller coaster had passed a daily safety inspection on Sunday morning.