In Sweden, riders fell off a derailed roller coaster, killing one and injuring several others


A roller coaster train derailed in Stockholm on Sunday, causing some passengers to fall to the ground in an accident at an amusement park that killed one and injured nine said police officers.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene in Gröna Lund Park when the front of the train appeared to jump off the tracks before coming to a stop and one carriage toppled to the ground.

“The front of the train partially derailed and stopped on the track at a height of between 6 and 8 meters (between 20 and 25 feet),” said Park Managing Director Jan Eriksson. “A total of 14 people were on board, one of whom died and several were injured.”

According to the regional government, nine people have been taken to hospital, one of them in serious condition. Three of the injured were children, all with minor injuries, it said.

Police on scene after roller coaster crash at Stockholm amusement park
Police officers are working on the scene after a roller coaster crash occurred at an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 25, 2023, according to police.

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Witness Ziba Assadi told Swedish broadcaster TV4 that she was standing directly under the Jetline roller coaster when she saw the wheel assembly of one of the cars hit the ground.

“Then the car stops and people fly out, fall out of the car,” she said.

Witnesses said two or three people fell out of the car, and one of them was able to hold on to the rail. Crime scene photos showed a man sitting on a beam beneath the stopped train.

“So he sits astride the beam and waits,” Assadi said. “There was complete panic.”

The amusement park was evacuated after the accident and will remain closed for seven days to allow investigators to figure out what went wrong, park officials said.

“That must not happen,” said Gröna Lund spokeswoman Annika Troselius. “Security is the most important thing for us. And we would never open an attraction if we weren’t confident it was safe. So we need to investigate this thoroughly.”

Police launched a criminal investigation into possible charges of negligent homicide, assault and endangerment of others.

According to Gröna Lund, the 2,600-foot Jetline roller coaster opened in 1988 and was renovated in 2000. It has a maximum height of 98 feet and a top speed of 56 miles per hour.

Gröna Lund opened in 1883 and is Sweden’s oldest amusement park.

Other recent amusement park accidents have included: 14-year-old girl died last year at Tivoli Friheden amusement park in Aarhus, Denmark. A 13-year-old boy was injured in the incident. Also last year, a 14-year-old boy fell to his death on a ride at a Florida amusement park. The journey has taken place since then dismantled.

A Train ride derailed in amusement park last year in Missouri. Seven people were hospitalized after the incident at Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in Branson near the Arkansas border.

Michael Jaramillo, 11, drowned on the Raging River ride at Adventureland Resort in Iowa when the raft carrying his family capsized in 2021. Three other people were injured. The park later decided to close the ride for good.

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