NEWS… BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
A ride at the oldest theme park in the UK has collapsed leaving two people injured in a crush.
Witnesses described seeing the Shipwrecked ride at the Isle of Wight’s Blackgang Chine amusement park suddenly lurch to one side.
Screaming children and adult thrill-seekers were left frantically trying to clamber to safety as shocked onlookers climbed on to help free others who were stuck.
Two men were taken to hospital, one with leg injuries and the other with shoulder pain.
Luckily, nobody was seriously hurt.
The incident occurred at the theme park, which opened way back in 1843, in Blackgang, near Ventnor, on Monday. The park was shut for the rest of the day but reopened on Tuesday.
Ellie Westlake’s two brothers-in-law were those hurt on the magic carpet-style attraction.
She said: ‘My family, which includes a three-year-old, were on the ride and it began to make an odd sound.
‘It then collapsed, which caused them all to go to one side and be squished.’
Ellie, from Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, went on: ‘My partner ran to grab my nephew and ended up pulling everyone else off the ride.
‘After everyone was off, we noticed my brother-in-law, who is 20, hurt his leg and was unable to move it or feel anything in his left leg.
‘My other brother-in-law has done something to his shoulder. They both got rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.
‘My partner has also damaged his shoulders and neck from pulling people off the ride.’
Samantha Downham was also on the ride at the time.
Map shows ‘desert’ crossing UK as Met Office warns of ‘scary’ heatwave
Dad died while ‘trying to protect others’ during gun rampage on Isle of Skye
Police smash window to free dog left in boiling car at tram station
She said: ‘It started going really slowly and then all of a sudden it just tipped to one side.
‘We thought it was part of the ride, and then a lady started screaming because I think her arm was in between the side of the ride and the barrier.
‘Then, a load of people started coming over and others started trying to climb out and get down.’
Mark Duncan, of Aylesbury, witnessed the panic that ensued.
He said: ‘The ride was at its peak height when it smashed to the ground on its right side making a really loud noise.
‘Everybody on the ride was immediately thrown to their left side and appeared to be really tightly scrunched together.
‘There were lots of terrified screams and one girl was completely hysterical even after her feet were on solid ground.
‘She was sitting to the far left as you look at the ride, my wife, daughter and grandson were on the ride 20 minutes before and heard loud grinding noises.
‘The noises were obvious and could clearly be heard even when you were standing by the ride.’
Two women swap blows and roll around on floor in vicious brawl at Primark
Tailgater follows right up ambulance’s backside to beat the traffic
Cyclist told ‘go f**k yourself’ while confronting driver for close overtake
A Blackgang Chine spokesperson said: ‘Here at Blackgang Chine we experienced an incident with our Shipwrecked ride on Monday.
‘Our team have quickly responded to the incident and all guests were quickly and safely evacuated.
‘The safe performance of our rides is key to what we do and we would like to reassure all guests that we have stringent safety control procedures in place that we were able to instantly deploy.
‘We can confirm that no serious injuries were sustained and an NHS Ambulance attended the scene.’
An Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance spokesperson said: ‘Two people were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.’
Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more stories like this, check our news page.
Not convinced? Find out more »
Get us in your feed