Germany sees two rollercoaster accidents in the space of a week
Two rollercoasters collided at Legoland in Bavaria on Thursday, leaving more than 30 people injured. The incident comes less than a week after a fatal crash at the Wild and Freizeitpark Klotten in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Rollercoaster collision at Legoland in Germany
Two rollercoasters collided at the Legoland theme park near the Bavarian town of Günzberg on Thursday, with German police reporting at least 31 people injured. Both adults and children were among those injured in the crash on the “Fire Dragon” rollercoaster, with one suffering serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
Authorities undertook a large-scale rescue operation after the accident, which saw three helicopters called in to help people down from heights of at least five metres. The park continued to operate normally after the incident, with the area being cordoned off from other visitors and no announcements being made over the speakers.
The incident supposedly occurred after one carriage stopped in the wrong spot, and the second carriage collided into the back of it. Neither of the carriages came off the tracks and no one fell from the rollercoaster. Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision.
Woman dies after falling from rollercoaster
The crash at Legoland is the second rollercoaster incident in Germany in less than a week. On Saturday, a 57-year-old woman tragically fell to her death while riding “The Hot Ride” rollercoaster at the Wild and Freizeitpark Klotten – a German amusement park popularly known as Klotti Park.
State prosecutors in Koblenz have said that the woman, who was identified as a German citizen, fell out of her seat while the coaster was passing through a curve. The woman fell about eight metres to her death.
“The Hot Ride” rollercoaster is around 550 metres long and 17,5 metres high at its highest point, according to park officials. The coaster can race around the track at speeds of up to 60 kilometres an hour.
Park reopens after accident
Klotti Park reopened on Tuesday, following local investigations. However, despite “The Hot Ride” being cleared by local police, the rollercoaster will remain closed until a further technical inspection is completed. "We are still very affected, and it is difficult for us to return to everyday life. Our thoughts are with the relatives, we wish them much strength in these difficult times," the park said in a statement.
Prosecutors in Koblenz have also launched an investigation into the incident and are trying to determine whether the death was caused by the negligence of a third party. Police are looking to determine the circumstances surrounding the death but do not suspect any criminal conduct was involved, and have asked witnesses to come forward to aid in their enquiries.