THIRTY-THREE PEOPLE, including six children under 10-years-old, were injured in a roller coaster collision in Madrid last weekend.
Emergency services reported 27 people needed hospital treatment for minor injuries when two roller coaster cars collided last Sunday on the ‘Tren de la Mina’ at Madrid’s Parque de Atracciones theme park.
One car, which had just completed the loop, failed to stop and hit the back of another car which was waiting to leave.
Riders on the roller coaster – reaches a height of 17.5 metres and travels at a maximum speed of 35mph – can wear virtual reality goggles during the ride to heighten their experience, so riders in the approaching carwouldn’t have seen the static car ahead of them.
Emergency services spokeswoman Carmen Camacho told the Spanish press that none of the injuries appeared to be serious. She said that the riders were treated for back, neck and stomach pains.
Representatives from Parque de Atracciones – one of Spain’s oldest theme parks – told the Spanish press that the roller coaster had passed a daily safety inspection that morning.