Chennai amusement park temporarily shut down as ride plummets to the ground
In a recent incident that reminds us about the dangers of amusement parks, a ride at a theme park in Chennai turned life-threatening for revellers.
A video clip that has now gone viral, shows the Free Fall Tower ride at the Queensland Amusement Park plummeting to the ground injuring at least 12 people who were on the ride. The incident that happened on Tuesday has forced the Amusement Park to temporarily shut down.
In a quote given to a news website, Assistant Commissioner Muthuvel Pandi, who is handling the case, said that the accident happened just two months after a notice was sent to the park regarding the complaints they received about their equipment.
He said, "We wrote to them in April to ensure that all the rides were in good shape. They claimed that they had checked everything but clearly that was not the case."
Talking further about the incident, he added, "We came to know after the video of the accident reached us. The amusement park tried to hide the whole thing and we believe they convinced the visitors who were in the ride to strike a compromise. All first aid was done there without any external interference."
"They were lucky that the fall was only from 10 feet. If it had been from the top of the ride (150 feet), all 12 of them would have died. This is dangerous and wrong on the part of the administration but nobody has come forward to give a complaint," he added.
According to reports, a notice has been sent to the park demanding the stability certificates for similar rides there.
The management at the amusement park is yet to respond to the news.