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PICTURES: Investigation launched into rollercoaster accident at Carrbridge theme park


By Gavin Musgrove

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A full investigation has been launched and the Runaway Timber Train will remain closed.
A full investigation has been launched and the Runaway Timber Train will remain closed.

Theme park bosses have confirmed there was no serious injuries in a rollercoaster accident at Landmark and that a thorough investigation into its cause is now under way.

Two children had to be treated for minor injuries following a mechanical failure on the Runaway Timber Train at the popular attraction just before lunchtime.

A Landmark Forest Adventure Park spokesman told the Strathy: "There was an incident on the Runaway Timber Train at around 11.30am.

"There was a mechanical failure which resulted in the train coming to a halt at ground level and all the passenger were safely and immediately evacuated.

"All three emergency services were deployed as a precautionary measure but no serious injuries have been reported and no-one was taken to hospital.

"In the meantime there is a thorough investigation to be carried out and the relevant bodies have been contacted.

"The park remains open but the Runaway Timber Train will remain closed until the investigation has concluded and we find out what has happened."

"The two children were checked over by Scottish Ambulance Service staff at the scene."

The rollercoaster which was involved in an accident just before lunchtime today.
The rollercoaster which was involved in an accident just before lunchtime today.

The spokesman said there were regular maintenance checks on the rollercoaster.

He confirmed the ride had suffered no mechanical problems since its installation.

The spokesman said that firefighters were only at the scene for around 30 minutes as a precautionary measure.

The rollercoaster was out of operation over the winter period as usual but has been open to visitors following the park's re-opening from the Covid-19 lockdown.

Landmark has been running at around 40 per cent capacity in recent weeks.

Despite the lowering of the Covid-19 risk level, the operators have decided not to return to normal summer time numbers.

"We thought that this was the right thing to do to restrict our numbers in the current circumstances," the spokesman said.


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