Two in hospital after rollercoaster ride ‘collision’ leads to ‘serious injuries’

A rollercoaster ride collision left two people in hospital, with one treated for serious injuries.

The unnamed duo were confirmed to have been involved in the incident in Clacton-on-Sea where an issue with the Looping Star attraction led to some nasty cuts and a bout of shock.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision at around 12.40pm today (June 26), with a member of staff at the pier treated for serious injuries.

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The unnamed man is still in Colchester Hospital after suffering a serious cut to the head while a female member of the public suffered a bump to the head and shock.

She was in a car at the front of the rollercoaster. It is believed a "mechanical ride" error led to the injuries.

Essex Police released a statement that read: "Emergency services attended an incident at around 12.40pm this afternoon.

"It was reported that a member of staff had sustained serious injuries after colliding with a mechanical ride which had not deviated from its track.

"A second person, a member of the public, also received minor injuries and both have been taken to hospital for treatment."

Their statement also confirmed they are liaising with both Clacton Pier and the Health and Safety Executive as they investigate the incident.

A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 12.31pm with reports of a person who was injured at the Pier in Clacton.

"We sent two ambulances, an ambulance officer vehicle and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. A man was taken to Colchester Hospital by land ambulance with minor injuries."

Pier bosses have since commented on the incident, with Gazette Standard reporting Pier director Billy Ball as saying: "A full inquiry is now underway to find out exactly what happened and we will say more when we have the full details."

Both injured parties were reportedly able to walk themselves to the ambulance following the incident.

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