Eight children and two adults injured in horror rollercoaster crash as ride plunges 20ft

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said: “My thoughts are with everyone involved in this terrible incident at M&D’s theme park, especially those injured.”

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, tweeted: “Awful news coming from M&D’s. Deeply concerning – our thoughts are with those affected and with emergency responders.”

A spokesperson for M&D’s said: “A serious incident occurred at M&D’s today involving the Tsunami rollercoaster. We have all emergency services on site to assist. The theme park is closed until further notice.” 

It is not the first time the park has had problems with its rides, including Tsunami.

In July 2011, nine passengers, including children, were stranded for more than eight hours when it came to a halt 60 feet above the ground.

A spokesman at the time said the ride’s lift chain broke causing its safety systems to bring the carriages to a halt.

And in March this year, eight people had to be rescued by firefighters in a cherry picker after the Tornado rollercoaster stopped working around 20ft off the ground.

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