The screams and squeals are supposed to be inspired by excitement and joy but in a theme in Madrid, the sounds became horrified when two roller coaster carriages smashed into one another earlier, injuring 33 people including children. Six of the children are under 10 years old.
The accident happened at Parque de Atracciones in Madrid, one of the Spain’s oldest theme parks at about 2:30 p.m. local time. A carriage on the TNT Tren de la Mina ride crashed into another after it finished its route, and was unable to stop ahead of time.
27 of the 33 affected riders have been taken to the hospital for treatment and check-ups. Some of the injuries suffered include whiplash and bruised abdomens caused by the impact of hitting the safety bar. Emergency services said the injuries were only “light.” Riders were also treated for neck, back and stomach pains.
Park representatives told local media that the roller coaster had passed a daily safety inspection Sunday morning.
The ride travels at a maximum speed of 35mph and reaches a height of about 1.7 meters. Riders were wearing virtual reality headsets at that time so they did not expect the crash.
The park’s website indicates that the train is the first family roller coaster in Spain to incorporate the use of virtual reality glasses, allowing riders to recreate a Wild West setting.
The theme park started operations in 1969 in Casa de Campo and is the largest park in the Spanish capital.
The exact cause of the accident has not been fully clarified yet, and it has yet to be determined if a possible human error contributed to the accident. No official word yet also on the status of the rides and if the accident will halt or affect park’s regular operations in any way.