Denmark: amusement park closes roller coaster after fatal accident

Denmark: Amusement park closes roller coaster after fatal accident

The Danish amusement park Tivoli Friheden announced on Friday the permanent closure of a roller coaster the day after the death of a 14-year-old girl in an accident in Aarhus, in the west of the country.

The “Cobra” attraction, a roller coaster that can reach up to 70 km / h, had already been the scene of a serious accident which injured four people 14 years ago.

“After the accident in 2008, and now the accident in 2022, we no longer have confidence that the attraction is safe enough to continue to be part of Tivoli Friheden,” said park manager Henrik Ragborg Olesen, in a statement to Danish media. The accident happened in the early afternoon of Thursday, when a trolley from the attraction fell off the back, killing a 14-year-old Danish girl and injuring a 13-year-old boy in the hand. .

A build error

These roller coasters, a circuit 400 meters long and 25 meters high of Italian design, had already resulted in an accident in 2008, shortly after their inauguration. At the time, it was the front part that had come off. Four people were seriously injured and the investigation revealed a construction error.

The Tivoli Friheden park, evacuated after the accident, will remain closed until Monday.

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