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Multiple injuries after tree crashes down on people while on rollercoaster

Multiple injuries after tree crashes down on people while on rollercoaster

The incident took place at a theme park in Spain

More than a dozen people have been injured after a tree fell onto a rollercoaster at a theme park in Spain.

Two out of the 14 people are reportedly seriously hurt following the incident, which took place on the Tomahawk ride in the PortAventura theme park on Sunday morning (11 February).

A promotional photo of the rollercoaster.
PortAventura

The injured include adults and children as the two critically injured victims were reportedly taken to Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona and Joan XXIII Hospital in Tarragona.

A spokesperson for a regional emergency response co-ordination centre said: "Two people have been transferred critically injured to hospital.

"Three other people have also been taken to hospital although their injuries are less serious."

More than a dozen people have been injured after a tree fell onto a rollercoaster at a theme park in Spain.
PortAventura

The theme park also said in a statement: "This morning, due to high winds, an accident has occurred in which a tree came down on the Tomahawk rollercoaster.

"Some of the branches hit customers who were on the attraction.

"Our emergency protocols were activated immediately.

"We are following the evolution of those hurt and offering all necessary support to the families."

The statement added that it was 'completely unrelated to the operation and maintenance of our attractions, which meet the highest safety standards and are subject to rigorous daily inspections'.

"We are offering our full cooperation to authorities, and thank our team and emergency services for their efficiency and professionalism," they said.

PortAventura says the ride is a 'children's roller coaster with frenetic climbs and descents that will test the bravery of all those who dare to challenge it'.

Featured Image Credit: PortAventura/captaincoaster

Topics: Theme Park, World News