Rider plummets to their death as theme park rollercoaster partially derails

One person has died and several others were rushed to hospital after a rollercoaster partly derailed.

Sweden's oldest theme park, Gröna Lund, was brought to a standstill on Sunday (June 25) as one of its rides came to a grinding halt with one car tilted towards the floor.

"The car stops and people fly out – fall out of the car," one witness, Ziba Assadi, told the Swedish broadcaster TV4.

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Witnesses reported seeing two or three passengers fall out of the car, including one who clung onto the track.

Snaps taken at the park showed a man sitting on a beam of the ride underneath the stopped train.

"So he sits there straddling [the beam] and waits," Assadi continued. "There was complete panic."

Jenny Lagerstedt, a journalist who was at the park with her family at the time of the disaster, told Swedish broadcaster SVT she saw the track shaking and heard a strange noise.

"My husband saw a roller coaster car with people in it falling to the ground," she said.

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"My children were scared."

Regional authorities confirmed nine people, including three children, were rushed to hospital and one person had died after the carriage partially careened off its tracks.

One of the injured adults is in serious condition, while the three children suffered minor injuries.

Park chief executive Jan Eriksson said the incident had prompted a "day of mourning" for the resort.

"The front of the train partly derailed and stopped on the track at a height of between six and eight meters [20 to 25 feet]," Eriksson said during a press conference.

"A total of 14 people were onboard, of which one person has died and several are injured."

Meanwhile park spokesperson Annika Troselius added: "This should not be allowed to happen.

"Safety is the most important thing for us. And we would never open an attraction if we were not confident that it was safe, so this is something we need to investigate thoroughly."

Authorities in Sweden have now opened a criminal investigation into the incident and are looking into possible charges of involuntary manslaughter.

The park was evacuated following the incident and it will remain closed for a week while investigations are carried out.

Gröna Lund was opened in 1883, while the roller coaster involved in the crash was created in 1988 before being renovated in 2000.

It can reach speeds of 56mph (90km/h) and has a highest point of about 30m (98ft) from the ground.

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