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Theme park accident claims two in Ahmedabad city of India's Gujarat

Pendulum-shaped circular ride carrying 31 people crashed after a pipe of the main shaft broke, with 29 injuries reported

The incident occurred in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The incident occurred in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

A joyride reportedly carrying 31 people at the Kankaria Adventure Park in the Ahmedabad city of India’s Gujarat state collapsed on the afternoon of 14 July, 2019, killing two and injuring 29, after a pipe within the main shaft of the pendulum-shaped ride called ‘Discovery’ broke and crashed on the ground.

According to Kankaria Lake Front’s website, the amusement park and surrounding facilities, spanning 2.5km, are managed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), with the entire project having been completed at a value of $5.3m in 2008.

An Indian Express report quoted additional chief fire officer of Ahmedabad, Rajesh Bhatt, stating that the city’s Superstar Amusement Private Limited was given the contract to operate five joyrides in the Amusement Park area near Kankaria riverfront.

“We are collecting information regarding the ride’s individual parts, how were they assembled, and the sequence of assembling to understand more about the mishap,” added Bhatt.

The official Twitter account, of chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, tweeted: "The CM orders immediate inquiry into the unfortunate incident of joyride collapse at Kankaria in Ahmedabad and assures strictest action against the responsible."

A report by India Today quoted chief fire officer, M F Dastoor, saying: "There are 32 seats in the ride. The pipe of the main shaft broke and crashed on the ground.

“How that pipe broke is a matter of investigation by Forensic Science Laboratory," reported India Today, citing news agency PTI.

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