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One killed at Chennai theme park

A mechanical fault in the giant-wheel resulted in higher oscillation of the cabins.— File Photo

A mechanical fault in the giant-wheel resulted in higher oscillation of the cabins.— File Photo  

9 others injured after test ride for giant-wheel goes awry

A 25-year-old man died and at least 9 other workers were injured while the vehicle meant for joy rides that they were testing, crashed, at Kishkinta theme park near Tambaram on Wednesday evening. The incident took place minutes after the theme park was closed for the day.

S. Mani (25) of Nallur village near Somangalam died on the way to hospital. The others were admitted at a private hospital in Tambaram for treatment, police said.

The staff at the Kishkinta amusement park said a mechanical fault in the giant-wheel resulted in higher oscillation of the cabins attached to the wheel and the workers fell on their side.

“The oscillation could not be controlled for a while and the cause of the sudden de-alignment of the giant wheel is being probed,” said police sources. According to police sources, the 50-foot-high joy-ride vehicle was being tested by the theme park workers so that it could be installed soon.

As it was a regular practice to put it on a trial run, 20 workers of the theme park were seated on the compartments.

Somangalam police said they were yet to receive any complaint from amusement park authorities. An investigation to ascertain the exact cause of the accident is currently on.



A mechanical fault in the giant wheel resulted in higher oscillation of the cabins



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