One dead, nine injured in rollercoaster accident in Sweden

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Police say nine people have been hospitalized, including three with serious injuries, after a roller coaster partially derailed at Grona Lund theme park.

A roller coaster accident at the Grona Lund amusement park in the Swedish capital Stockholm left one person dead and several injured, the TT news agency reported on the basis of a spokesperson for the park.

The Jetline roller coaster in the park partially derailed on Sunday during a ride, public broadcaster SVT reports based on witnesses.

“It’s incredibly tragic and shocking,” park spokeswoman Annika Troselius told SVT. “Unfortunately, we learned that one person was killed and many injured.”

“This must not happen,” she continued. “We are all upset and shocked and are focusing on caring for those affected and our staff.”

Police said nine people, both children and adults, were hospitalized after the accident, three of them with serious injuries.

Police officers are on the scene after a roller coaster accident at an amusement park
Police officers on the scene after a roller coaster accident at an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, June 25, 2023 [Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency/via Reuters]

Ambulances, fire trucks and a helicopter arrived at the park and police said they were investigating.

“We are clearing the park and we have started our investigation,” said a police spokesperson.

Grona Lund said in a statement that the 140-year-old park was closed until further notice.

Jenny Lagerstedt, a journalist who visited the park with her family, told SVT that she was nearby and heard a metallic noise and noticed the track structure shaking at the time of the accident.

“My husband saw a roller coaster car with people in it fall to the ground,” Lagerstedt said.

“My kids were scared,” she added.

The Jetline roller coaster with steel tracks reaches a speed of up to 90 km/h and a height of 30 meters and transports more than a million visitors annually, the theme park says on its website. It was commissioned in 1988.

Swedish Culture Minister Parisa Liljestrand said the news of the accident was incomprehensible.

“My thoughts are with those affected and their families and loved ones,” Liljestrand said in a statement to TT news agency.

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