Five injured after being thrown from fairground ride in Ayr

FIVE teenagers were taken to hospital after a fairground incident in which people were reportedly thrown from a ride.

A boy and a girl were among the injured at the fairground at Ayr Race Course. Picture: John Devlin
A boy and a girl were among the injured at the fairground at Ayr Race Course. Picture: John Devlin

The incident, involving a funfair ride on land near Ayr Racecourse, happened at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

Two boys and three girls, aged between 14 and 17, were taken to Ayr and Crosshouse Hospitals for treatment to injuries including broken ribs and a fractured wrist. They have all now been released from hospital, Police Scotland confirmed.

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The ride was closed and a joint investigation between police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is being carried out to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Chief inspector Brian Shaw said: “This was a frightening experience for those involved and those who witnessed last night’s incident at the fairground.”

Officers said a 16-year old boy was treated for several broken ribs, while a 16-year-old girl received treatment for a facial injury and a fractured wrist.

A 17-year-old boy was treated for a minor head injury and two girls, aged 14 and 15, also suffered minor injuries.

Chief Insp Shaw added: “Thankfully nobody was seriously injured and enquiries are under way to establish what exactly has happened here.

“The ride affected remains closed and cordoned off whilst the joint investigation is under way.”

Other unaffected rides were expected to re-open following a safety inspection.

Anne Mcdonald said that her two granddaughters were on the ride when the accident happened.

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She said: “They sat down and one of my granddaughters said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable in this seat’.

“She said her legs didn’t feel right, so they moved to another seat and the seat they moved from was the one that came off.”

Ms Mcdonald said part of a long seat next to a rail came off during the ride, sending a small girl “flying into the paybox face first, then a boy followed”.

She said: “My husband had to tell him to stay down as there was loads a blood coming from his head. It was horrible seeing so many girls and boys crying.”

The fairground involved was not the one in operation at the Scottish Air Show, which took place in the town on Saturday.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to officers to get in touch on the 101 number.

Ten people ended up in hospital in June after a rollercoaster crash at M&D’s theme park in North Lanarkshire.

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