Two seriously injured after tree falls onto rollercoaster

By Isaac M February 12, 2024

More than a dozen people have been hurt after a tree fell onto a rollercoaster in Spain.

A total of 14 people were injured – including two “seriously” – on the Tomahawk ride at the PortAventura theme park on Sunday morning.

A spokesperson for the park, in Tarragona, eastern Spain, blamed “strong winds”.

They said: “The incident was caused by a tree falling close to the Tomahawk ride. Some of the branches hit visitors who were on the ride.”

The statement added that it was “completely unrelated to the operation and maintenance of our attractions, which meet the highest safety standards and are subject to rigorous daily inspections”.

Emergency services said five people were taken to hospitals in the area, including two who were in a critical condition.

PortAventura’s website describes the ride as a “children’s roller coaster with frenetic climbs and descents that will test the bravery of all those who dare to challenge it”.

Footage posted on social media showed worried theme park guests watching on as an air ambulance landed at the scene.

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