A theme park ride in India collapsed on July 14, 2019, killing two people and injuring 29, according to local officials. A cellphone video of the incident shows one arm of the pendulum-style ride, which was packed with people, breaking off and falling.
— Meghna Dev (@DevMeghna) July 14, 2019
Perhaps because the video is alarming, some readers asked us whether it was real, and sadly it is. Vijay Nehra, municipal commissioner for Ahmedabad, the city in western India where the incident occurred, tweeted on the day of the accident that authorities would commence a criminal investigation.
I have instructed AMC officials to file an FIR with City Police so that we can have a criminal investigation with the help of forensic experts and determine exact reason of the accident.
We need to fix accountability for such horrific accidents.
— Vijay Nehra (@vnehra) July 14, 2019
The Indian news broadcasting network New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) reported that six people, including the director of the company managing the site Kankaria Adventure Park, have been arrested in connection with the ride’s collapse.
As investigations into the cause of the incident were underway, police identified the victims as 24-year-old Manali Rajwadi and 22-year-old Mohammad Javed, according to NDTV.
NDTV also reported that 30 people were on the ride when it broke, and of the 29 injured, 15 were critical.