Two injured by falling ride part at Flamingo Land

Hero at Flamingo LandTwo people have been injured when a loose part fell from the Hero rollercoaster at Flamingo Land.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon at around 4pm, according to the Teesside-based Gazette newspaper.

It reported that a 15-year-old girl has been hospitalised with head injuries, while a 26-year-old woman was also hurt.

The Gazette said that the accident was caused when the females were struck while queueing for the ride by a “foot-rail which had become detached” from one of the ride’s trains.

North Yorkshire Police have stated that the injuries are not life threatening and that it had begun a join investigation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A spokesman for Flamingo Land said: “The ride has been taken out of operation in accordance with our operational procedures and will be subject to a full inspection.

“The police and the HSE have been informed and the company is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.”

The Hero ride, a Volare model rollercoaster built by Italian manufacturers Zamperla, was installed at the park during the 2013 season.