ride at Brean Leisure Park closed after American tragedy
high-speed theme park ride at Brean Leisure Park is one of six across
the UK to have been shut after a death on a similar attraction in
18-year-old man died and three others were critically injured after
being flung from the ride at the Ohio State Fair last week.
ride, known as the KMG Afterburner, swings at high speed from side-to-side
while also spinning passengers.
Health and Safety Executive ordered the re-inspection and temporary
closure of similar rides in the UK.
of the rides closed is 'Wipe Out' at Brean Theme Park.
at the Brean park said: "Safety is our top priority, and we
stopped the ride on the day of the accident."
will be stopped until we hear from the manufacturers and the powers
other rides are affected and the park remains open as usual.
footage from Wednesday's accident in Columbus, USA showed one passenger
carriage breaking loose near the bottom of its pendulum swing, tossing
passengers into the air as it rose again.
HSE spokeswoman said all the rides in the UK had been "thoroughly
inspected within the last 12 months", but there was no "verified
information" on the cause of the fatal accident in the US.
a result the organisation had served an enforcement notice on the
machines, which takes them out of use.
will ensure operators are kept abreast of information as it arrives
and will take such action as is necessary to ensure the rides are
inspected and tested as necessary to ensure safety," the spokeswoman
rides closed are at Pleasurewood Hills in Suffolk and Coney Beach
in South Wales. The other two rides are owned by Ryan Crow Amusements
in the North East of England and by Joseph Manning in Hertfordshire.