A horrific incident occurred at an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden this Sunday, where a roller coaster derailed, killing one person and nine others, according to Swedish Television reports.
Officials from the amusement station “SVT” stated that a car on the “Jetline” roller coaster veered off its tracks and crashed to the ground within the Grona Lund amusement park.
The park’s spokesperson, Annika Troselius, expressed her sorrow at the incident, saying, “This is incredibly heart-wrenching and shocking. Regrettably, we have received reports of one death and multiple injuries.”
The Swedish police have confirmed that seven people, both children, and adults, were rushed to the hospital in the aftermath of the incident. The amusement park was cleared to assist the rescue operations.
Jenny Lagerstedt, a reporter for Swedish Television “SVT”, who was waiting in line for another ride at the time of the accident, described seeing the car fall from a substantial height with passengers inside. She reported, “Suddenly, I heard a metallic sound, and then the ride began to vibrate.”
In the aftermath of the accident, rescue personnel had to evacuate other passengers trapped in additional roller coaster cars.
A witness standing below the ride said they heard “strange noises that didn’t sound like the usual noise and screaming”.
The witness looked up and saw “this huge piece of the wheel of the carriage fall from the sky and hit the track”.
They added that “the train stopped and people were flying out, falling out of the carriages”.
“There was total panic,” the witness said.
“Sadly the response wasn’t very good. The staff didn’t seem able to deal with it.
“It was like they had no training, how to deal with crowd control when these things happen.
“So I and a few others tried to help out, move some people, move others away so the rescuers could get there.
“It was really chaotic.”