Fun parks in France, Spain hit by accidents

10th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, April 9 (AFP) - Eighteen people, mainly children, were injured when a fun-fair ride spun out of control at a zoo in the southern region of Andalucia, rescue services said here on Saturday.

MADRID, April 9 (AFP) - Eighteen people, mainly children, were injured when a fun-fair ride spun out of control at a zoo in the southern region of Andalucia, rescue services said here on Saturday.

Two of the victims were airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Seville, two others were treated at by an emergency unit at the zoo and the rest were all taken to local hospitals.

The ride consists of a central column to which seats are attached by chains.

As the ride starts to spin the seats would rise higher and higher with centrifugal force, but as it began to spin the seats failed to rise.

Five people were also injured Saturday at a French attraction park.

High winds were thought to be partly to blame for the accident at the Nigloland fun-fair in the central Aube region. One of the cars on the ride became jammed and was hit by the ride's lifting mechanism.

A 26-year-old woman with severe leg injuries was operated on at a nearby hospital and a 14-year-old girl also suffered several fractures.

An eight-year-old boy and two teenagers were also hurt but less seriously.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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