Video shows an amusement park ride malfunction, sending over a dozen riders hurtling 50 feet to the ground

Video shows an amusement park ride malfunction, sending over a dozen riders hurtling 50 feet to the ground

Video shows an amusement park ride malfunction, sending over a dozen riders hurtling 50 feet to the ground

The 50-foot-tall ride had nearly 50 riders on board, according to eyewitnesses and several media reports.

The 50-foot-tall ride had nearly 50 riders on board, according to eyewitnesses and several media reports.Nikhil Choudhary/screen shot

  • A video shows an amusement park “drop tower” malfunctioning and sending riders into a free fall.

  • The trip in India’s Punjab state broke up on Sunday with around 50 people on board, according to local media.

  • Outlets reported that 16 women and children were hospitalized as a result of the accident.

A video posted Sunday night appears to show part of an amusement park ride in India crashing to the ground with dozens of people on board.

The ride was a “drop tower” attraction that broke at a fair in Mohali, a district in the Indian state of Punjab, according to local network NDTV. It malfunctioned around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, the broadcaster reported.

The attraction featured a tower and a circular platform, which spun as it ascended the tower. When it reached the top, it plunged sharply and narrowly at the bottom of the ride.

A clip of the incident was tweeted by Nikhil Choudhary, a journalist for Hindi-language broadcaster TV9, who filmed the video at the fair.

About 50 people were on board the 50-foot-tall attraction and half of them were injured, Choudhary told Insider. He estimated that 16 women and children were hospitalized.

The trip had gone smoothly when the crash happened without warning, the journalist wrote in a message.

The English-language local newspaper Business Standard reported the same number of riders present. There have been no reports of fatal accidents on Sunday evening.

The Hindustan Times reported that several children as young as 10 were being treated at Fortis Hospital, a medical facility near the fair.

Several outlets, including NDTV and the Hindustan Times, reported that there had been no ambulances on standby at the fair. Choudhary said he did not see any emergency vehicles present at the time of the accident, but that ambulances arrived a few minutes later.

Fair organizers blamed a “technical problem” for the accident and said they would cooperate with the police, according to the Hindustan Times.

Mohali police deputy commissioner Amit Talwar said authorities would launch an investigation and take “strict action”, the newspaper reported. Police said the fair was supposed to end on Sunday, but that organizers had been given an extension until September 11, per several outlets.

The Mohali police deputy commissioner’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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