10 injured after roller-coaster derails at Scottish theme park

A roller-coaster carriage at a theme park in Scotland came off its rails Sunday, falling onto a ride below and injuring 10 people.

Witnesses rush to rescue those trapped in upside down carriage

Pictures on Twitter showed people trying to help those trapped in a crumpled upside down carriage. (Courtesy of Demi Campbell)

A roller-coaster at a theme park in Scotland came off its rails Sunday, crashing onto a children's ride below and injuring 10 people, local police say.

Lanarkshire Police said in a statement on Facebook that eight children and two adults had been confirmed injured and an investigation was under way. They did not elaborate on the nature or severity of the injuries.

The accident took place Sunday afternoon at the M & D's theme park at Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell.

"A serious incident occurred at M & D's today involving the Tsunami roller-coaster. We have all emergency services on site to assist. The theme park is closed until further notice," a park spokeswoman said.

Police Scotland Chief Inspector David Bruce told reporters at the theme park that five gondolas on the coaster detached from the rails as they rounded a bend, struck the ride's main structure and fell about to the ground.

It's reported the roller coaster carriage that derailed was carrying 10 people. (Demi Campbell)

The ride, which can reach speeds of up to 64 kilometres per hour, is billed as Scotland's only inverted coaster in which gondolas carrying the riders run under the track.

The Scottish ambulance service earlier said six ambulance crews, a special operations response team and a team of emergency doctors had been sent to the park to respond to the incident. 

Pictures on Twitter showed people trying to help those trapped in an upside-down carriage.

With files from CBC News and The Associated Press