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Breaking News: Accident at M and D` as Ride leaves Tracks

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  • Breaking News: Accident at M and D` as Ride leaves Tracks

    Early eyewitness reports say the carriage on the Tsunami ride came off the tracks and plunged 30ft to the ground.
    It is estimated eight to ten people were on board.
    In March eight people had to be rescued from the theme park's Tornado rollercoaster after it ground to a halt 20ft above the ground.
    Emergency services rescued the ride-goers and no one was injured during the incident.
    In August 2015 three schoolchildren were left shocked and bruised when a log flume ride malfunctioned.


    Read more At least seven people are injured after a rollercoaster derailed and smashed into a children's ride.
    The Tsunami carriage plummeted 30ft to the ground and landed on top of a smaller attraction, leaving casualties trapped in the wreckage.
    It is estimated eight to ten people were on board.
    The park has since been evacuated and emergency services are on the scene in M&D's theme park, Motherwell.

    Police, fire and ambulance officers are working at the scene in Strathclyde Country Park.
    “We can confirm we are currently working with other emergency services to ascertain the full extent of the situation,” a Police Scotland statement said.
    “We can confirm there are injured parties - approximately seven people.”
    Around two dozen park visitors struggled to fix the carriage which ended up upside down and leaving riders trapped.
    The scene has been described as “carnage” by a shocked eye-witness.
    Paisley Daily Express reporter Gavin McNally was at M&D’s and says it will be a miracle if there are no fatalities.
    The Tsunami carriage was packed full - with ten people thought to be on board - as it flew off the rails on a corner and plummeted to the ground.

    Gavin, who was at the park with his children, said: “It’s carnage.”
    The Tsunami plunged off the rails at a corner.
    There was definitely people on it, it was full - about 10 people.”
    “Two dozen guys ran to help firefighters to get the carriage upright after it fell kids’ cars below - the type you put a few pounds in for a shot.”
    It will be a miracle if there are no fatalities.”
    Witness Katie Burns wrote on Facebook: "Literally got off the Tsunami at M&D's 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, we literally just got it and the ride and the next ly get
    "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 added: "The noise was the worst and everyone screaming and guy tried to get his kid out but he couldn't so people are stuck under it and it landed just on the ground near the kids' Motor cycles.

    "The wheels came right off the track and the full carriage went upside down ."
    Another eye witness called Nik said: "I was waiting in line at another ride with my friend and their kids, we heard the crash and saw lots of people running and screaming.
    "Was very scary for us and the kids.
    "People were on the ground and lots of people crying.
    "The ride was the most popular all day queues are always long."
    Ben, who saw the crash, said: "The ride came crashing down and the security waddled over.
    "Some kids got out quickly, unscathed.
    "Others looked to be hurt. All the rides were then closed and most people headed for the exits. "
    One spectator tweeted: "Tsunami roller coaster has left the tracks and crashed to the ground at M&Ds emergency services here attending so shocked."