Dad: "I’ve got my daughter back home safe, but there are other families that will be less fortunate."
Eleven-year-old Tegan Low avoided the catastrophe by seconds.The Blantyre girl was on carriage the Tsunami rollercoaster just before the disaster - and was one carriage away from adding her name to the list of casualties.
The shocked girl told Record Online: “It just collapsed - all you saw was it fall.”
“All these people were trapped under it. It landed on these motorbikes for toddlers, I don’t know if there were any on them at the time.
”All these people were crying, it was awful.”
Her shocked dad Keith Low, 43, admitted he was still coming to terms with the near miss.”I don’t know how to feel to be honest,”
He added: “I feel for the other people who were on it. I’ve got my daughter back home safe, but there are other families that will be less fortunate.”
"I've never been so scared in my life.....it’s like something out a horror film"
Katie Burns said she had just finished riding the Tsunami rollercoaster and was walking past when the carriage crashed with children on board.
On Facebook she said: “Literally got off the Tsunami at M&Ds and then walking past and the next lot of people get on and the full thing goes off the tracks.
“Honestly never been so scared in my life, with this weather they should not be on, “
Kids and adults are still on it upside down, it’s like something out a horror film, children crying and everything.
“Literally can’t believe this, my heart goes out to everyone on it, a full load came off the track but and on the pavement, like a horror film worse thing ever heard and seen, can’t get over this.”
Video: Aftermath of incident
Footage shows shocked park-goers rushing to the scene of the incident, where two Tsunami ride cars are believed to have derailed and fallen on top of a children’s ride.
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Some background information
Tsunami is Scotland’s only inverted rollercoaster. It reaches speeds of up to 40 miles-per-hour, barrelling through corkscrew twists and loops. Children under 10 are restricted from riding the Tsunami, and a minimum height restriction of 1.4m applies.
In 2011, nine people were rescued from the same ride after being trapped for eight hours.They were stranded 60 feet from the ground, with one rider describing the experience as a “nightmare.”
Six ambulances and six fire engines
Emergency crews were called to M&Ds at 3.37pm.
Six ambulances and six fire engines are in attendance.
Further info from police - "approximately seven hurt"
Police, fire and ambulance officers are working at the scene in Strathclyde Country Park.
“We can confirm we are currently working with other emergency services to ascertain the full extent of the situation,” a Police Scotland statement said.
“We can confirm there are injured parties - approximately seven people.”
Police statement: Ongoing incident
“Emergency services are responding to an ongoing incident at M&Ds theme park in Motherwell and further updates will be given in due course.”
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M&DÕs! TSUNAMI RIDE M&D's theme park
Image showing child trapped in ride
A photo from the scene appears to show a child being rescued from one of the ride cars.
The Tsunami rollercoaster carriage plummeted to the ground and landed on top of a child’s car ride
Incident involving Tsunami ride at M&Ds
Photos from the scene
Scenes of rollercoaster incident at M&Ds
"Miracle if there are no fatalities"
The Tsunami rollercoaster carriage plummeted to the ground and landed on top of a child’s car ride, leaving casualties trapped in the wreckage.
Around two dozen park visitors struggled to right the carriage which ended up upside down and leaving riders trapped.The scene has been described as “carnage” by a shocked eye-witness.
Paisley Daily Express reporter Gavin McNally was at M&D’s and says it will be a miracle if there are no fatalities.
The Tsunami carriage was packed full - with ten people thought to be on board - as it flew off the rails on a corner and plummeted to the ground.
Gavin, who was at the park with his children, said: “It’s carnage.”
The Tsumani plunged off the rails at a corner.
“There was definitely people on it, it was full - about 10 people.”
“Two dozen guys ran to help firefighters to get the carriage upright after it fell kids’ cars below - the type you put a few pounds in for a shot.”
It will be a miracle if there are no fatalities.”
The park has now been evacuated by emergency services.
Unconfirmed report of 'kids hurt'
Ride 'crashed the ground'
Unconfirmed reports of 'many hurt'
Major incident at M&D's theme park in Motherwell
A rollercoaster has derailed at M&D’s theme park in Motherwell.
Early eyewitness reports say the carriage on the Tsunami ride came off the tracks and plunged 30ft to the ground.
It is estimated eight to ten people were on board.
In March eight people had to be rescued from the theme park’s Tornado rollercoaster after it ground to a halt 20ft above the ground.
Emergency services rescued the ride-goers and no one was injured during the incident.
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