Roller coaster failure in Spain results in multiple injuries

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Feb.12 - 2024 6:50 AM CET

Photo: Shutterstock, PortAventura, Dmitrii Shulgov
Photo: Shutterstock, PortAventura, Dmitrii Shulgov

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When strong gusts of wind toppled a tree near an attraction in Catalonia, some of the tree's branches struck visitors.

This resulted in at least 14 people to be injured - two seriously.

The incident happened when a tree fell onto a roller coaster in the amusement park PortAventura in Tarragona, eastern Spain, this Sunday.

According to a press release from the amusement park fierce gusts of wind caused a tree to fall near the Tomahawk attraction. It happened sunday morning. The amusement park is a popular destination for tourists in Costa Dorada.

"Some of the tree's branches hit passengers in the roller coaster cars," the amusement park's press release stated.

Rescue teams in Catalonia report that the 14 injured received treatment. Two are in critical condition and have been admitted to two different hospitals. Three others, who are less severely injured, have also been hospitalized.

The Tomahawk attraction is described as a "children's roller coaster with wild rises and steep falls" on PortAventura's website.