July 26, 2009

Rollercoaster accident leaves 11 injured

A total of 11 children received minor injuries after a rollercoaster at a New York church festival ran off its track, police say.

The New York Daily News said Sunday that, according to police and witnesses, a children's rollercoaster called the Dragon Wagon fell off its tracks Saturday in New York's Bronx borough.

The accident at the annual St. Theresa's Church festival left concerned parents desperate to find their children, one witness said.

We saw the whole ride tip over coming over a turn, Paige DeLuca, 15, said of the accident. All the parents jumped over screaming, 'My son! My daughter!'

An unidentified police source said an investigation is under way to determine what caused the rollercoaster accident.

The Daily News said city records indicate the ride was operated by Tri-Star Amusements, Inc. The company had a permit issued by the city to operate the rollercoaster.