8 Injured and 1 Dead After Roller Coaster Partially Derails At Sweden Amusement Park, Police Say

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One person has been killed and several others were reported injured after a roller coaster at an amusement park in Sweden derailed, NY Post reported.

The terrifying accident occurred at Sweden’s oldest amusement park, Gröna Lund. According to the regional government, nine people, including three children, were rushed to hospital. One victim later died in the hospital from his injuries.

Witnesses said the roller coaster tilted off of its tracks leaving riders flying out of their seats. 

“Then the car stops and people fly out — fall out of the car,”

witness Ziba Assadi told the local Swedish broadcaster TV4.

“The front of the train partly derailed and stopped on the track at a height of between 6 and 8 meters [between 20 and 25 feet],”

park chief executive Jan Eriksson told the outlet.

“A total of 14 people were onboard, of which one person has died and several are injured.”

Authorities have shut down the park pending a criminal probe into the catastrophe. They are still determining whether involuntary manslaughter or other charges will be filed. The amusement park reportedly opened in 1883, and the roller coaster opened up in 1988 and was renovated in 2000, the amusement park said.

“This should not be allowed to happen,”

Gröna Lund spokeswoman Annika Troselius said in a statement.

“Safety is the most important thing for us. And we would never open an attraction if we were not confident that it was safe, so this is something we need to investigate thoroughly.”

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