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Teenagers ’caused terrifying fairground ride collapse’ which left 12 injured

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Teenagers reportedly caused a fairground ride to collapse, leaving 12 people injured.

Emergency services were called to Planet Fun in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, on Saturday, July 24.

The Star Flyer ride started swinging out of control, striking a series of signs.

Six of the casualties were treated in hospital, including three children.

The park was cleared to reopen on Sunday, July 25, after an investigation found no “mechanical defects”, Belfast Live reports.

Planet Fun said in a statement: “We will, however, be keeping the Star Flyer closed pending further safety checks and investigation.

“The incident tonight was caused by misuse of equipment by the behaviour of several teenagers on the attraction and is to be further investigated by the PSNI.

“The swift actions by our staff to terminate the ride prevented further injuries.

“At this time we cannot comment any further on the incident but would extend our thoughts and best wishes to the people who were injured.”

Several horrified eyewitnesses described the incident on social media, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Emma Roberts wrote: “I was on the ride with all my children, one very badly hurt, one has a hurt ankle and one is in bad shock.

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“Absolutely terrifying, will never be back.”

Alison Johnston added: “One of the swings snapped and caused all the swings to bash into each other throwing people into the signs and the other swings.”

Police are still appealing for eyewitness to come forward.

Chief Inspector Stephen Murray said: "We received a number of calls shortly after 5:55pm last night (Saturday, July 24) in relation to an incident involving an amusement ride at a funfair in Carrickfergus and that a number of people had been injured.

"Our officers responded to these calls and attended the scene, assisting emergency service colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.

"We are continuing today to assist the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland as they conduct their enquiries.

“We are also making enquiries and we would ask anyone who was at the scene last night, and who has not yet spoken to our officers, to call us on 101 and quote reference number 1607 of 24/07/21."

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