Girl, 14, killed in ride accident at Danish amusement park when part of roller coaster comes off tracks

A 14-year-old girl died at a popular amusement park in northern Denmark on Thursday, police said, apparently when the back end of a roller coaster ride derailed.

A 13-year-old boy suffered a hand injury, police said.

Henrik Ragborg Olsen, director of the Tivoli Friheden amusement park in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, told local newspaper Aarhus Stiftstidende that the “two rear seats” of the Cobraen roller coaster were suspended “under the train of wagons”. .

Police walk outside the closed Tivoli Friheden amusement park in Aarhus, western Denmark, after a 14-year-old girl was killed and a 13-year-old boy injured in a roller coaster crash , July 14, 2022.

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Police said they received a call at 12:50 p.m. saying a car was stuck in a ride at Tivoli Friheden and several people were trapped. Two people were in the back seats and were taken away by rescue workers, the newspaper reported. Ragborg Olsen told the daily Ekstra Bladet that the two men were seriously injured and taken to hospital.

The accident happened on the Cobraen roller coaster and the park was closed, police said.

An investigation was opened into the causes of the accident and the police questioned witnesses.

The roller coaster is 25 meters (82 feet) high and the cars have a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour (44 mph), according to the Tivoli Friheden website.

The amusement park is in the southern part of Aarhus, 156 kilometers (97 miles) northwest of Copenhagen.

The roller coaster was the scene of an accident in 2008, shortly after opening.

At this time, it was the front part that broke off, seriously injuring four people.

An investigation revealed a construction error.

AFP contributed to this report.

Harold B. McConnell