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Amusement park suspended following fatal roller coaster accident in northern Vietnam

Friday, January 15, 2021, 18:04 GMT+7
Amusement park suspended following fatal roller coaster accident in northern Vietnam
This file image shows the roller coaster at Dao Ngoc Xanh (Green Pearl Island) Amusement Park in Phu Tho Province, Vietnam. Photo: Dao Ngoc Xanh

An amusement park in northern Vietnam has been suspended from operation following a roller coaster accident that killed one student and injured two others.

Duong Quoc Lam, chairman of the People’s Committee in Thanh Thuy District, Phu Tho Province, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday morning that Dao Ngoc Xanh (Green Pearl Island) Amusement Park had been temporarily closed.

Local police have also been charged with determining the cause of the accident, Lam added.

A roller coaster previously derailed at Dao Ngoc Xanh around 12:30 pm on Thursday, killing one student and injuring two others.

The victims are 11th graders of a high school in Dong Anh District, Hanoi, who were on a trip organized by their school.

The two injured students are now being treated at a hospital in the capital.

An official of the school confirmed that a student had been killed and two others injured in the accident, but refused to provide further information.

Local authorities have offered financial support worth VND5 million (US$216) to family of the deceased and VND2 million ($86) to each injured victim.

A probe by Tuoi Tre has revealed that this is not the first accident to have occurred at Dao Ngoc Xanh.

In 2014, six students of a Hanoi-based middle school were injured after a Ferris wheel ride had an error and fell to the ground from an altitude of two meters at the same venue.

The amusement park is operated by Ao Vua JSC.

It was constructed on La Phu Islet in Thanh Thuy District, Phu Tho Province, located in northern Vietnam.

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