Terrified kids left screaming as ride collapses at UKs oldest theme park

A ride at the UK's oldest theme park has collapsed dramatically collapsed as children were left screaming for help and two people were injured.

The Shipwrecked ride at Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight reportedly tipped to one side suddenly, with some aghast witnesses saying they'd heard the ride making unnerving creaking noises just moments before.

People became trapped in the crush, with onlookers running to lend a hand, some even climbing onboard.

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Two men were taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, one with leg injuries and one with a damaged shoulder, but thankfully neither was seriously injured.

The two injured men were Ellie Westlake’s brothers-in-law.

She said: "My family, which includes a three-year-old, were on the ride and it began to make an odd sound.

“It then collapsed, which caused them all to go to one side and be squished."

The theme park in Blackgang, Isle of Wight, first opened in 1843, making it the UK's oldest operational theme park.

It was shut for the rest of the day after the horrifying ordeal but reopened on Tuesday (August 9).

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The ride had only just opened for the day when the incident took place on Monday (August 8).

Samantha Downham was also on the ride when the unfortunate incident took place.

She said: "It started going really slowly and then all of a sudden it just tipped to one side. We thought it was part of the ride, and then a lady started screaming because I think her arm was in between the side of the ride and the barrier.

“Then, a load of people started coming over and others started trying to climb out and get down.”

A Blackgang Chine spokeswoman said: “Here at Blackgang Chine we experienced an incident with our Shipwrecked ride on Monday.

“Our team have quickly responded to the incident and all guests were quickly and safely evacuated.

“The safe performance of our rides is key to what we do and we would like to reassure all guests that we have stringent safety control procedures in place that we were able to instantly deploy.

"We can confirm that no serious injuries were sustained and an NHS Ambulance attended the scene."

An Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Two people were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.”


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