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One killed, nine injured in roller coaster crash in Sweden

One killed, nine injured in roller coaster crash in Sweden

Monday, June 26, 2023, 09:30 GMT+7
One killed, nine injured in roller coaster crash in Sweden
Emergency services attend the scene following a fatal accident that took place on the roller coaster Jetline at the Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023. Photo: Reuters

STOCKHOLM - One person was killed and nine injured, including children, in a roller coaster accident at the Grona Lund amusement park in the Swedish capital on Sunday, representatives of the park said.

Eyewitnesses said the park's Jetline roller coaster had partly derailed during a ride, sending people crashing to the ground.

"Today is a day of mourning at Grona Lund, we've had a very serious accident in the roller coaster Jetline, where one person has died and nine people have been injured," Jan Eriksson, the park's chief executive, said in a press conference.

People visit Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 2009. A fatal accident took place on the park's roller coaster Jetline on June 25, 2023, according to local media. Photo: Reuters

People visit Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 2009. A fatal accident took place on the park's roller coaster Jetline on June 25, 2023, according to local media. Photo: Reuters

Ambulances, fire trucks and a helicopter were seen arriving shortly after the accident, and police launched an investigation.

Police said the nine injured people were being treated in hospital, and that three had severe injuries.

People ride the roller coaster Jetline at Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, April 22, 2014. A fatal accident took place on the roller coaster on June 25, 2023, according to local media. Photo: Reuters

People ride the roller coaster Jetline at Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, April 22, 2014. A fatal accident took place on the roller coaster on June 25, 2023, according to local media. Photo: Reuters

"Something like this should not happen at Grona Lund, and yet it happened", Eriksson said, adding that the 140-year-old park would be closed for at least a week to aid the police investigation.

The park spokesperson said 14 people were on the roller coaster when the front part partially derailed. It then stopped in the middle of the track with one carriage leaning out.

Jenny Lagerstedt, a journalist visiting the park with her family, told Swedish broadcaster SVT she was nearby and heard a metallic noise and noticed the track structure was shaking at the time of the accident.

"My husband saw a roller coaster car with people in it falling to the ground," Lagerstedt said.

"My children were scared," she added.

Grona Lund is a popular attraction on the waterfront on one of Stockholm's many islands, surrounded by several museums.

The steel-tracked Jetline roller coaster reaches a speed of up to 90 kph (56 mph) and a height of 30 metres (98 feet), transporting more than one million visitors each year, the amusement park says on its website.

Sweden's Culture Minister Parisa Liljestrand said news of the accident was incomprehensible.

"My thoughts are with those that were affected as well as their families and loved ones," Liljestrand said in a statement to the TT news agency.

Police officers work at the scene after a roller coaster accident took place at an amusement park, according to the police, in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Police officers work at the scene after a roller coaster accident took place at an amusement park, according to the police, in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Police officers work at the scene after a roller coaster accident took place at an amusement park, according to the police, in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Police officers work at the scene after a roller coaster accident took place at an amusement park, according to the police, in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Annika Troselius, Information Manager at Parks and Resorts, Jan Eriksson, CEO Grona Lund, and Johan Szymanski, rescue manager, attend a press conference at Hotel Hasselbacken following a fatal accident that took place on the roller coaster Jetline at the Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Annika Troselius, Information Manager at Parks and Resorts, Jan Eriksson, CEO Grona Lund, and Johan Szymanski, rescue manager, attend a press conference at Hotel Hasselbacken following a fatal accident that took place on the roller coaster Jetline at the Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023. Photo: Reuters

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