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2 dead, 2 injured as roller coaster derails and falls in Mexico City

2019-09-30

Two people died when their roller-coaster car derailed, flipped and plummeted to the ground at a Mexico City amusement park Saturday, according to reports.

Two others were injured on the ride at the popular ride, known as the Chimera, reported Mexico’s state-run news agency, Notimex.

Witnesses to the tragic accident recounted seeing the ride do a couple of loops normally, then the last carriage suddenly derailed from on high, and fell. The people who died fell off the car as it plunged, they told local media, reported BBC News.

The fair owners said Saturday they “deeply regret the terrible accident that occurred,” and that they are cooperating with authorities.

“This is now in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office who have already opened inquiries for an investigation into what happened, how did it happened, who is responsible and how to proceed moving forward,” Mexico’s Secretariat for Integral Management and Risk told Reuters, as quoted by CNN.

The park was closed immediately after the incident and remained shuttered Sunday as the investigation continued.