In Orenburg, the Whirlwind carousel collapsed during the next lap, about 20 people were injured. There are children among them.
The incident happened in the amusement park “Orenpark”.
According to the Ministry of Health, 12 people were taken to hospitals, six of them are children. Three of those hospitalized are in serious condition. The remaining eight are in outpatient care.
There are two people in the intensive care unit – a 10-year-old child and a 27-year-old woman. The condition of the latter is assessed as extremely serious, she has multiple injuries.
Ten more patients in moderate condition, they were placed in the wards of the trauma departments.
“A 27-year-old woman is in an extremely serious condition, she is in intensive care, she will have surgery. Another difficult child is a 10-year-old girl who is waiting for neurosurgical surgery, ”said Tatyana Savinova, Minister of Health of the Orenburg Region.
Physicians receive telemedicine consultations with specialists from federal centers, the press service of the ministry specified. Assistance to victims is coordinated by the Federal Center for Disaster Medicine.
“According to eyewitnesses, some Orenburg residents, without waiting for an ambulance, took the victims to hospitals on their own. Therefore, the number of victims will be specified,” the mayor’s office noted.
The authorities emphasize that the first two resuscitation vehicles arrived at the scene of the emergency after six minutes. A total of 10 ambulances arrived at the park.
Causes of the emergency
The administration of Orenburg believes that the breakdown of the mechanism became the cause of the collapse of the carousel.
“Due to a breakdown in the mechanism of the carousel, the booths fell,” the Orenburg City Hall said in a statement.
The mayor of the city, Sergei Salmin, noted that the concessionaire company, which was supposed to guarantee the safety of the rides, “has serious questions.”
“Their actions, the actions of the technical service and all those involved will be assessed by specialists. It is possible that the concession agreement will be terminated,” the mayor stressed.
Inspection of the Investigative Committee
The Investigative Committee of Russia is conducting a pre-investigation check under the article on the provision of unsafe services.
“A pre-investigation check is underway under Article 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Production, storage, transportation or sale of goods and products, performance of work or provision of services that do not meet safety requirements),” the investigators said in a statement.
“Children and adults suffer”
Senator from the Orenburg region Elena Afanasyeva has already commented on the state of emergency in the amusement park, declaring a “complete failure of the process control system” in the city.
“This is just a disgrace! A complete failure of the control system for many processes in the city. I think it is necessary to draw personnel conclusions in the city!” — wrote Afanasyeva in Telegram.
According to her, accidents happen in the city almost every day, “children and adults suffer”.
“Lack of care, irresponsibility and a total lack of control lead to tragedies. An immediate investigation in hot pursuit, whether the attraction was ready for the season, whether it passed the state examination, when, how and who signed the documents, ”the parliamentarian urged.