More than 30 people were injured at a Legoland park in southern Germany Thursday when two rollercoaster cars collided on a track, prompting the park’s owners to close the ride and evacuate the premises.
It was not clear why the second car failed to stop, Legoland said, adding that the ride would be closed “for the time being” but that the park would reopen on Friday. Police said a criminal investigation has been launched, Britain’s Sky News reported.
The crash was the second rollercoaster accident in Germany in as many weeks. Last week, a 57-year-old woman was killed after she slipped out of her seat on a roller coaster at the Wild & Freizeitpark Klotten. She fell 26 feet as the car whipped around a curve, Germany’s Deutsche Welle reported.
At the Legoland resort, about an hour outside of Munich, a total of 38 passengers were on the two cars that collided and 31 sustained minor injuries treated on-site by doctors and paramedics. Of those, 14 were sent to a hospital for further observation, the park said.
“We want to thank all emergency personnel showing great commitment at [the] site today and we want to wish a quick recovery to everyone involved,” Legoland Germany Divisional Director Manuela Stone said in a statement to The Post.
The Fire Dragon is a medieval-themed ride with castle-like structures, stained-glass windows and fake stone arches. The cars that ferry the passengers are green and shaped like a dragon.
“Riding on the back of a fire-breathing dragon you see what life was like in a medieval castle, meeting valiant knights and lovely damsels,” reads a description of the ride on the Legoland resort website. “But beware — do not let the LEGO® dragon that guards the treasure chambers scare you! Passing through a gate into the open, you reach the final run of the ride that will shake you up as you race along this roller coaster.”
The attraction was open to solo riders ages 8 and up or accompanied passengers over the age of 6.
The ride had a maximum speed of 35 mph and a maximum height of 52 feet, according to Dark Ride Database, a website for information about various theme park attractions.