Theme park horror as terrified boy trapped in broken down rollercoaster carriage

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A boy has been rescued after getting trapped in a roller-coaster carriage at a theme park.

The terrifying incident happened at the M&D’s park in Motherwell, Scotland, over the weekend.

Photos from the scene show the lad looking down while an engineer and a colleague in a suit try to rescue him from the stricken ride.

The pictures show a crowd of onlookers watching the dramatic moment as the workers scale the Mad Mouse ride to reach the motionless car.

It is unclear whether there were any injuries in the incident, which happened at about 6.20pm on Saturday and was down to a fault on the ride, a witness told the Daily Record.

“It was scary for my kids and me,” the witness added.

The theme park in Strathclyde has previously been hit with a £65,000 fine over an accident on a rollercoaster that injured nine people.

M&D's previous management admitted that a failure of the suspension and axle on the Tsunami ride caused five gondolas to leave the rails at a bend as the attraction reached a speed of 40mph in June 2016.

The cars plunged 17ft off the ride, sparking a huge emergency response. There were nine passengers on board at the time, including William Murray and Katie McArdle, both 19, and seven children who were all injured.

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A 14-year-old girl was left with broken ribs and suffers chest pain as a result and a boy aged 11 was left with lacerations and was in hospital for four weeks and has had 13 operations since the crash.

Mr Murray dislocated his knee and was in hospital for six weeks and will develop arthritis in later life, while Miss McArdle was left with bruising and is now nervous when she’s in a car that’s travelling fast.

In court, the park's owners admitted breaching health and safety laws on the ride between June 2015 and June 2016.

Last June the park went into administration and new management took over.

This weekend’s incident follows another theme park crash in Scotland, with two children hurt when a rollercoaster came off the track at Landmark Forest Adventure Park, just north of Aviemore, last month.

The pair were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

M&D’s has been contacted for comment on the latest incident.

  • Theme Parks
  • Scotland

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