Amusement Park Ride in Sweden Collapses, Injuring 30

July 17, 2008

A theme park ride collapsed Tuesday in western Sweden, injuring 30 people, officials said.

Several people were thrown out of the swinging Rainbow ride at the Linsberg theme park in Goteborg and squeezed as the seating platform tipped to one side, city police spokeswoman Malin Sahlstrom said.

The injuries ranged from bone fractures to shock, SOS Alarm rescue service spokeswoman Monica Grandin said. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

The Rainbow, a spinning arm with a seating compartment on one end, appeared to have fallen about 10 feet to the ground. Sahlstrom said 36 people were onboard the ride at the time.

The injured were mostly Swedish and Norwegian, though the nationalities of all had not been confirmed, she said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation. The Liseberg manager on duty, Peter Andersson, said a malfunctioning ball bearing may have caused the collapse.

Liseberg is a popular tourist destination in Sweden and the biggest fun fair park in the Nordic region, with more than 30 different rides.

Andersson said the attraction had a security inspection in the spring and no faults were found.

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