The famous ‘Free Fall Tower’ can be both-a thrilling experience and also a dangerous ride. But that doesn’t deter people from attempting a ride on it.
And one such jolly ride turned into a disaster at the Queensland Amusement Park in Chennai. The unfortunate incident came to light after a Facebook user posted a one-minute video showing a clip in which the cables holding one of the platforms snapped, forcing 12 people to hit the ground with a thud. Since the platform was close to landing, the people onboard escaped with minor injuries.
The video was posted on June 18 and since then has gone viral. In the aftermath of the incident, the theme park was temporarily closed.
According to a news website, Assistant Commissioner of police Muthuvel Pandi said that they got to know about the incident only after the video went viral and added that no one came forward to file a complaint.
Police also said that two months ago they sent a notice to the park based on complaints filed against the equipment used there. The park in response claimed that things were in order. Now, this accident has exposed the hollowness of the claim.
Incidentally, several such accidents have taken place in the past. In 2015, a 12-year-old boy drowned in a pool and his parents blamed the school management and park officials.
In 2014, 18 people got injured due to a mechanical fault in the giant wheel that resulted in the wheel hitting a tree branch.
In 2008, the park was closed for a few weeks due to the collision of two boats in the lake that resulted in the death of an 11-year-old girl.