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10 People Injured After Tsunami Rollercoaster Derails In Scotland

Riders of Scotland's only inverted rollercoaster at M&D's theme park in North Lanarkshire plunged 30 feet on Sunday afternoon.

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Ten people were injured Sunday after a rollercoaster came off its tracks at an amusement park in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

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Fire, police, and ambulance crews rushed to the scene at M&D's amusement park in Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, at 3:37pm on Sunday, after the Tsunami ride plunged 30 feet to the ground.

Specialist officers attached to the ambulance crews were also in attendance, a spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed to BuzzFeed News, adding that it was an "ongoing operation".

Police Scotland said on Sunday night that 10 people were injured in the incident, and an investigation was ongoing. Among the injured were eight children and two adults, and details about their condition were not immediately available.

The amusement park was evacuated following the derailment, the BBC reported. The Tsunami ride is described on the M&D's website as Scotland's "only inverted rollercoaster". It can reach speeds of up to 65mph.

The coaster's five gondolas detached from the rails, hitting the ride's main structure, then the ground, according to the Lanarkshire police division.

Chaotic photographs have started to emerge from the scene. James Millerick told Sky News he heard screams from nearby as he queued for another rollercoaster.

"The rollercoaster was full at the time," Millerick told STV. "There were at least eight people on the rollercoaster at the time, with a variety of injuries."

Another eyewitness told the BBC: "People were trapped upside down on the ride."

Katie Burns, in a statement on Facebook, said she had been walking past the ride with friends when it came off the tracks. She wrote it was "like something out a horror film, children crying and everything".

"Literally can't believe this, my heart goes out to everyone on it," she said.

Last year emergency services had to be called after the park's Tornado rollercoaster stopped mid-ride 20 feet above the ground, the Daily Record reported. No one was injured at the time.

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