A 14-year-old girl has died after a roller coaster at an amusement park in Denmark malfunctioned and the ride’s two rear seats derailed.
The accident happened at the Tivoli Friheden amusement park in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark.
Park manager Henrik Ragborg Olsen told the new Aarhus Stiftstidende location that the two rear seats on the Cobra roller coaster were “hanging under the wagon train”.
East Jutland Police confirmed to TV2 that they received a call around 12:50 on Thursday reporting that there had been an accident on the roller coaster and people were stuck in the cars. Two people were taken to the hospital by paramedics.
In addition to the young girl who lost her life, a 13-year-old boy also injured his hand in the incident, police said.
The 400 meter long roller coaster is 25 meters high and the carriages reach a top speed of 70 km/h according to Tivoli Friheden.
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The park has been closed since the incident and police are interviewing witnesses.
An anonymous source told the Aarhus Stiftstidende that they visited the park earlier this week and found that the roller coaster had been running all day with no passengers being seated in the rear carriage of the ride.
“The rear carriage was not allowed to be used and was not used all day. The accident apparently happened in the rear car today. It smells a bit bad,” the source wrote to the outlet.
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However, Police Inspector Brian Voss Olsen told reporters that the investigation was ongoing and that it was too early to speculate as to what happened.
“It will be far too early. We’re getting a lot of inquiries from witnesses these days. We must have written these witnesses together and we must have cleared things up. The witnesses we speak to must be the first to be notified before we confirm or deny anything,” he said, according to translated reports.
Ragborg Olsen told Radio4 the accident was a “nightmare”.
“It’s the worst that can happen. It’s everyone’s nightmare. We are now thinking above all of the young deceased and injured. It makes a big and painful impression on us,” he said.
According to the BBC, this is not the first accident of this type on the journey. In 2008, a carriage broke off, four people were injured.
— With a file from the Associated Press
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