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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Ride crash 'first in 40 years'
Police walking below an Ocean Beach funfair sign
Investigations into the cause of the accident are taking place
The owners of a fairground where five people were hurt when a rollercoaster left its tracks say it is the first accident there in 40 years.

A girl of four from Crewe, Cheshire, and her father were among the injured at Rhyl's Ocean Beach amusement park.

Two safety inspectors and a specialist engineer were inspecting the fairground ride after Sunday's accident.

Michael Batty of owners Rhyl Amusements said he was "very disappointed" by the accident.

A couple from Rhyl, who needed hospital treatment, and a man from Wigan were also hurt.

Mr Batty said the rollercoaster was inspected daily and it appeared that the car the five were in jumped the track in the station at the end of a ride.

Investigation

The incident was the first at the seafront park in 40 years.

The ride was closed on Monday while the Health and Safety Executive investigation is carried out, although the rest of the park remains open

It is believed the car, which had been at ground level, was hit by the car behind and knocked off the rails.

Two of the people, a woman of 32 and a man of 30, were taken to hospital after suffering chest and abdominal injuries.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said the injured woman had suffered fractured ribs and the man sustained injuries to his stomach, right leg and back.

They were taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan for treatment.





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