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Media captionM&D’s Tsunami rollercoaster had passed its annual safety check just weeks before

Ten victims of the M&D’s rollercoaster crash in 2016 have secured £1.2m in damages.

Seven children were among the people injured in the crash at the theme park in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

It happened after five gondolas on the Tsunami inverted rollercoaster detached from their rails at a bend and fell to the ground.

The 10 victims have now successfully sued theme park bosses over physical or psychiatric injuries.

M&D’s owners have already been fined £65,000 over health and safety breaches.

The company pleaded guilty to charges relating to the Health and Safety at Work Act at Hamilton Sheriff Court in March this year.

Lawyers for the victims said the lives of some of them had been “permanently and irreversibly affected”.

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Two boys, aged 11 and 12, suffered serious injuries in the crash

David Nellaney, of Digby Brown Solicitors in Glasgow, said it had been proved that the accident would not have happened if the rollercoaster had been properly inspected and maintained by M&D’s bosses.

He added: “The failure to do so has had a dramatic and lasting impact on the victims and their families.

“These victims had their lives changed through no fault of their own and while no amount of compensation can undo their pain, it may at least contribute to improving their future.”

Two boys, aged 11 and 12, suffered serious injuries – including chest and limb damage – in the incident.

Four other boys, a 14-year-old girl and a man and a woman, both aged 19, were also treated in hospital.

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The Tsunami was one of the fastest rides at the park

The Tsunami, which travelled at up to 40mph through corkscrew turns and loops, never reopened and it was finally dismantled in February 2017.

An inspector an inspector who passed the ride as safe 16 days before the accident was subsequently banned.

The theme park was shut for investigations but a partial reopening was sanctioned four days after the accident.

It was fully reopened to the public just over three weeks later.

M&D Leisure later pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the rollercoaster was maintained, in efficient working order and in good repair.

A health and safety investigation revealed weld repairs on axles of the passenger cars were inadequate, leading to the failure of the axle suspension on the five-car train.



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