Theme park ride collapses UK: what happened in Isle of Wight?

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Blackgang Chine amusement park has assured guests they have “strict security control procedures”.

Two people were injured after a ride at England’s oldest theme park collapsed, causing a scrum.

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The shipwreck ride at Blackgang Chine theme park on the Isle of Wight collapsed on Monday (8 August) with children and adults on board.

Witnesses said they heard “terrified screams” as the ride suddenly fell on its side, forcing passengers to dismount and some got stuck.

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Two men had to be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for their injuries, but fortunately no one was seriously injured in the incident.

Here’s everything you need to know about what happened.

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Two people were injured in the August 8 incident (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

What happened at the Isle of Wight theme park?

Blackgang Chine Theme Park is the oldest amusement park in the UK, first opening on the Isle of Wight in 1843.

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Its castaway voyage is a popular attraction with families, many visiting the park during their summer vacations.

Witnesses say the ride collapsed, crushing all the passengers on one side.

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Samantha Downham was driving at the time of the incident.

She explained: “It started to go very slowly and then all of a sudden it just tipped sideways.

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“We thought it was part of the ride and then a lady started screaming because I believe her arm was between the side of the ride and the barrier.

“Then a lot of people came over and others tried to climb out and come down.”

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Mark Duncan, was not driving but witnessed the incident and the horrific aftermath.

He said: “The ride was at its peak when it hit the ground on the right side and made a really loud noise.

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“Everyone on the ride was immediately thrown onto their left side and seemed to be squeezed really tight.

“There were many screams of fear and one girl was completely hysterical even after her feet hit solid ground.

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“She was on the far left looking at the ride, my wife, daughter and grandson were on the ride 20 minutes earlier and heard a loud grinding noise.

“The sounds were obvious and even clearly audible when standing next to the ride.”

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Blackgang Chine theme park was closed after the incident but reopened on August 12.

Was anyone injured in the crowd at the amusement park?

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Two people were injured in the crush and had to be taken to the hospital.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “Two people were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.”

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Witness Ellie Westlake described how her two brothers-in-law were injured after the attraction collapsed.

She said: “My family, which includes a three year old, was on the drive and it started making a strange noise.

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“Then it collapsed, causing them all to step aside and get crushed.”

She added: “My partner ran to grab my nephew and ended up pulling everyone else off the ride.

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“After everyone was clear, we noticed that my 20-year-old brother-in-law injured his leg and couldn’t move it or felt anything in his left leg.

“My other brother-in-law did something to his shoulder. They were both taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.

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“My partner also damaged his shoulders and neck from pulling people off the ride.”

What did Blackgang Chine amusement park say?

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The amusement park has issued a statement on social media and its website addressing the incident and reiterating any concerns the public may have.

Her post on Twitter read: “Here at Blackgang Chine we witnessed an incident involving our shipwrecked voyage this afternoon. Our team responded quickly to the incident and all guests were evacuated quickly and safely. Please keep an eye on our website for more information.”

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They also posted a statement on their Facebook page, reassuring visitors: “Providing our rides safely is key to what we do and we want to reassure all guests that we have put in place strict safety control procedures that we have been able to carry out deploy immediately.”

They added: “We can confirm no serious injuries were sustained and an NHS ambulance was at the scene.”

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