Roller-coaster crash leaves 21 injured

Rescuers climb up to passengers on the Big Dipper. Source: BBCTwenty one people were taken to hospital after two carriages on a roller-coaster collided at an amusement park in England.One of the carriages became jammed on the Big Dipper roller-coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Tuesday evening before the other carriage crashed into it, British media reported.The ride, which was built in the 1920s and has a maximum speed of 56km/h, has been closed while an investigation is carried out.Firefighters were called to rescue the passengers using a specialist rope team, stretchers and spinal boards.The passengers were taken to hospital with a range of facial, back and neck injuries.This is the second incident involving a rollercoaster this week.Twenty eight people had to be rescued from Great America’s Invertigo Roller Coaster in the US when a malfunction left them dangling at a 45-degree angle between 12m and 25m above the ground.Fire brigade crews lowered each of the passengers into baskets at the end of aerial ladders, before taking them to the ground.The passengers were all strapped into their seats and no injuries were reported.
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