Legoland Germany rollercoaster crash leaves more than 30 people injured
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More than 30 people have been injured after a rollercoaster crash at a Legoland theme park in Germany.
The park has reported that the accident occurred when two rollercoaster trains crashed into each other.
According to Euronews, one rollercoaster train braked heavily and another train collided with it at the theme park in Gunzburg, in Bavaria.
Three rescue helicopters were dispatched to the scene, with fire and rescue services were called in to assist in the rescue of those trapped on the rollercoaster.
According to a statement by Legoland Germany, 31 people sustained minor injuries, which were examined and treated by doctors and paramedics on site.
A total of 14 people were rushed to hospital, with one needing further treatment.
The police spokesperson told Sky News that a criminal investigation is now underway and officials from the public prosecutor's office have been to the scene.
"We are not yet able to say anything more about the cause of the accident or what led to it. This is the subject of the investigation," the spokesperson said, as per Sky News.
Legoland Deutschland praised emergency services for their prompt response.
"Both Legoland emergency forces as well as paramedics, doctors, police and firefighters were on the scene within a few minutes of the incident," the statement said.
"A comprehensive investigation of the procedure was immediately initiated."
The park revealed they will stay open, but added that the Fire Dragon ride will remain closed until further notice.
According to Legoland's website, the Fire Dragon ride is suitable for children aged six and older who are accompanied by adults, and eight years and older when unaccompanied.
In a statement cited by the BBC, Legoland Germany said: "The staff immediately followed well-rehearsed safety procedures and guests were immediately evacuated from the trains and attended by trained resort staff."
The statement also said that the park area was evacuated in the wake of the incident.
Legoland Germany Divisional Director Manuela Stone told The Washington Post that the theme park is hoping for 'a quick recovery to everyone involved'.
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