8 children injured after roller coaster fell off track and crashed into ground


Scene of the crash at M&D’s amusement park 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A group of children who were enjoying themselves at a theme park, were rushed to a hospital after a roller coaster derailed and crashed into the ground, police in Scotland said.

The incident unfolded on Sunday, at the M&D's amusement park in Motherwell.

At 3:49 p.m., Police Scotland received a report of an incident involving The Tsunami inverted roller-coaster ride, involving five gondolas in a train that detached from its rails, collided with the ride’s main structure and crashed into the ground.

There were nine passengers on the ride.

Ten people, eight children and two adults, have been taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Wishaw General, and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where they are being treated for injuries.

A 12-year-old boy is currently in serious condition with chest, abdominal and leg injuries at the Royal Hospital for Children.

An 11-year-old boy is in serious condition currently receiving treatment for arm and hand injuries at the Royal Hospital for Children.

Another 11-year-old boy is in stable condition currently receiving treatment for leg and head injuries at the Royal Hospital for Children.

A 14-year-old girl is currently receiving treatment at Wishaw General Hospital, for serious chest injuries. A 16-year-old boy received treatment for an injury to his arm at Wishaw General Hospital.

A 13-year-old boy is being checked at the Royal Hospital for Children, and is stable. A third 11-year-old boy has been kept in Wishaw General Hospital for observation and is stable.

A 19-year-old man is being treated for a knee injury at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and is stable. A 19-year-old woman was treated for an injury to her wrist at Wishaw General Hospital, and has since been released.

In addition, a 25-year-old woman who was passing-by the scene, was also taken to Wishaw General Hospital for assessment, but was released without any injuries.

The woman was not struck by the roller coaster train.

Police officers secured the area and scene examination professionals were on site last night. A joint investigation by Police Scotland and the Health & Safety Executive is underway.

The M&D’s theme park will remain closed until further notice.

Detective Inspector John Malcolm said: "This is a really serious incident that has affected many people visiting the theme park and our thoughts go out to those who have been injured.

"We have now launched a joint investigation with the Health & Safety Executive and our priority is to find out the cause of the incident.”

The theme park and immediate area were evacuated following the incident.