It is a usually a very rare occurence when a roller coaster crashes at a major theme park. BBC has just reported an accident at LEGOLAND Germany which is located near Gunzburg in Bavaria. The incident happened on the Fire Dragon ride when one train stopped and another train, "did not stop completely for until now unknown reasons and made impact". A full investigation was immediately started and the Fire Dragon Ride will be closed while this is taking place.
Out of the total of 38 people on the two trains, 31 suffered minor injuries with 14 being taken to hospital for observation. One person has been reported as needing further treatment.
LEGOLAND Deutschland will reopen tomorrow, Friday August 12 and in a statement the park said, "The staff immediately followed well-rehearsed safety procedures and guests were immediately evacuated from the trains and attended by trained resort staff."
A person from the Bavarian Red Cross who was involved in responding to this incident said "All told, the accident was quite mild,"
The Fire Dragon is a roller coaster aimed at young guests with a minimum height/age accompanied by an adult of 110cm / 6 years and unaccompanied by an adult 120cm / 8 years.
The Fire Dragon is very similar to The Dragon at both LEGOLAND New York and LEGOLAND Windsor but currently there has been no news as to whether LEGOLAND will choose to also close these attractions while the investigation takes place. We will keep you updated on this.
We hope all guests injured in this accident at LEGOLAND Deutschland make a quick recovery and the investigation determines the reason for this incident in order to ensure it won't happen again.