In a devastating turn of events, a roller coaster has come off its tracks at a theme park in the Scottish Highlands leaving 2 children injured.
The back 2 cars of the Runaway Timber Train were pictured earlier today hanging off the side of the ride's runnings at Landmark Adventure Park. The accident occurred at the popular site in Aviemore, Inverness at 11:30 am this morning.
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Video footage of the event shows a fire engine in attendance with firefighters seen inspecting the suspected carriage which had come loose.
A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed the incident was in relation to a "mechanical failure." They also included that 2 children had suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
A witness described the theme park as being full of people, with many running towards the attraction after a crash was heard. "Park was packed, we heard a crash, most people were running away," they wrote on Twitter.
One witness told The Scottish Sun: "I heard a big bang and screams. People were coming off crying and then the fire brigade came. We ran over to see if help was needed. The last two cars derailed, people lifted off."
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A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 11.37 am on Thursday, August 12th to support a multi-agency response at the Landmark Adventure Park, Carrbridge.
"Operations Control mobilized a number of specialist resources to assist emergency service partners following reports of a rollercoaster derailment. Crews left the scene at 12.14 pm."
A spokesperson for Scottish Ambulance Service said: "We received a call today at 1141 hours to attend an incident in Carrbridge, near Aviemore. We dispatched three ambulance crews, Basics GPs, The PICT team, and our special operations team to the scene."
Our thoughts go out to those affected by this terrible accident. and we wish them a quick recovery.