Four children injured after ride collapses at Northern Ireland theme park

Four children injured after ride collapses at Northern Ireland theme park
Emergency services respond to ‘major incident’ at Planet Fun theme park

Four children have been taken to hospital after a funfair ride collapsed in Northern Ireland.

Emergency services were called to Planet Fun at Carrickfergus Harbour shortly before 6pm on Saturday.

A major incident is ongoing, attended by the ambulance service, an air ambulance, three fire engines and a specialist rescue team.

Three children were taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and one child was taken to Antrim Area Hospital.

It is understood their injuries are not life-threatening.

Eight other children suffered superficial injuries that did not require hospital treatment.

A spokesperson for the fire and rescue service said that around 200 people were in attendance at the temapark when the ride collapsed at around 5.58pm.

The Health and Safety Executive have been informed.

Planet Fun said in a statement that it had closed for the night “due to unforeseen circumstances” and added: “All tickets will automatically be refunded. Further updates will follow.”

Stewart Dickson, Alliance MLA for East Antrim, sa: “I am concerned with regards to reports of accident at the funfair on Saturday.

“I understand from early reports that injuries are not serious and hope that continues to be the case.

“Following this, it is now important that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of whatever occurred.”

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