A day of fun turned into a nightmare for visitors at the Orenburg amusement park in southern Russia, as a ride malfunctioned, leading to a terrifying incident that injured 20 people, including children. According to local media reports, the ride collapsed, sending passengers plummeting to the ground.
The incident, which took place on May 6, was caught on camera and shows the ride starting to spin with passengers aboard. The speed gradually increases as the passengers cheer and scream with excitement. Suddenly, the ride collapses, and the passengers’ laughter turns to screams of terror as they are sent hurtling toward the ground.
Fifteen of the injured were taken to hospital, with twelve requiring hospitalization. Among the victims were young children, with three in critical condition. The local authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident, and initial reports suggest that the central pillar of the ride gave way, leading to the collapse.
The tragedy has prompted the local authorities to announce that all amusement rides in the Orenburg region will undergo a thorough safety inspection. The Russian Federal Investigative Committee is also investigating the incident, and authorities have conducted searches at two companies responsible for the ride’s maintenance and operation.
The incident is a stark reminder of the dangers associated with amusement park rides, and the importance of ensuring that they are maintained and operated safely. As the investigation into the incident continues, the thoughts of many are with those injured in the accident, and their families.