6 injured after floor collapses at amusement park in western Japan

Six people were injured after falling about 2.4 meters from the third floor to the second floor when part of a five-story building collapsed at an amusement park in Hyogo Prefecture on Sunday, in western Japan, according to police.

Police on Monday launched an on-site investigation into suspicion of professional negligence resulting in injury after a 24-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, both from Osaka Prefecture, suffered broken pelvises in the wooden maze accident. attraction.

Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter on October 11, 2021 shows the rugged maze attraction at Tojoko Omochaokoku Park in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture. (Kyodo)

Four other people, including a 7-year-old girl, were slightly injured. The seriously injured man’s 1-year-old daughter also fell but was not injured, police said.

There was no one on the second floor at the time of the crash around 2 p.m., they said.

Tojoko Omochaokoku Park in Kato will be closed Monday through Thursday.

“We will do everything possible to provide the necessary care to the victims, as well as to find the cause of the accident and implement measures to prevent any recurrence,” the park said.

Part of the attraction’s third floor – about 1 meter wide and 2.3 meters long – collapsed after the beam supporting the wooden floor was moved.

The maze opened in April 2013 at the park, which opened in July 2000, with the attraction being checked for security daily, according to the park.

“I thought an accident like this could happen anytime, as many parts of the facilities seemed to be getting old, but I was surprised it really happened,” said a visitor in her twenties, adding that the maze was filled with many children.

On Sunday, around 2,000 people visited the park, which continued to operate after the maze attraction closed.


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