3 Hurt in Accident at Amusement Park

Published: 16th January 2014 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2014 08:27 AM   |  A+A-

Three teenagers were injured during a fun ride at an amusement park here on Tuesday afternoon, after a technical snag in the control equipment caused a giant wheel to pick up high speed.

Police said that the incident was reported around 1.45 pm when Enterprise, one of the fun rides at the Queensland Amusement Park, developed a technical snag due to failure of the limit switch which controls the motion of the ride, triggering higher speed of the ride.  The snag was fixed within 15 minutes. The ride was brought under control and none was injured in the incident.

However, when asked about the complaint lodged by a teenager, the police maintained that there was a complaint from one Santhoshi (17), daughter of Suresh, a realtor and a resident of Kodungaiyur, that she, her brother Mukesh (15) and a relative Sunitha (17), were injured in the incident and there was lack of safety measures in the park. The complaint is being pursued.

Speaking to Express, Suresh said that the giant wheel ran at a high speed and also snapped a couple of tree branches before it was brought to a forced stop. “Though several people were injured, the park management arrived at a compromise with them,” he claimed.

“However, my children were not sent for treatment until 8 pm after I alerted the 108 ambulance service and rushed them to KMCH. They were later taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for scanning,” he alleged. He also said that the management waited till the angry crowd dispersed and challenged them to pursue any case legally.

“My son was injured in the head, fore arms and in the legs, while my daughter sustained injuries in her legs and hands and the relative girl sustained injuries to her fingers,” he said.

Dismissing the claims of the victims, the management said that there were two limit switches of which one would function if the other one failed. “However, this time both switches failed. We fixed the ride which was then put back to use. None was injured in the accident as everyone in the ride were only sitting inside the cabin when the glitch was reported,” they added.


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