Swedish prosecutors say fatal roller coaster accident was caused by a broken support arm

Swedish prosecutors say fatal roller coaster accident was caused by a broken support arm

A fatal roller coaster accident in Stockholm, in which some passengers fell to the ground in June, was caused by “a newly installed support arm breaking, causing the carriage wheels to fall off,” prosecutors say.

byAssociated Press

November 15, 2023, 8:21 am

FILE - Aerial photo of the Jetline roller coaster at Groena Lund Park in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday, June 26, 2023. A criminal investigation into a fatal roller coaster accident in Stockholm in June in which one person was killed and nine injured when some passengers fell to the ground in a park accident, was caused by

FILE – Aerial photo of the Jetline roller coaster at Groena Lund Park in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday, June 26, 2023. A criminal investigation into a fatal roller coaster accident in Stockholm in June in which one person was killed and nine injured when some passengers fell to the ground in a park accident, which was caused by a “fracture The newly installed support arm caused the wheels on the cart to fall off.” (Marco Savala/TT News Agency via AP, File)

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STOCKHOLM — A fatal roller coaster accident in Stockholm in which some passengers fell to the ground in June was caused by a newly installed “support arm breaking” that knocked the car’s wheels off, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A car on a Jetline roller coaster derailed at Gröna Lund, Sweden’s oldest amusement park. Three people fell and a woman died. Nine others were injured.

“We know what happened but we still do not know why it happened. I am awaiting the results of the technical investigations, which have not yet been completed,” Christer B. Jarlas, the public prosecutor in charge of the case, said in a statement.

He said the classification of the crime in the case was “seriously causing the death of another person, causing grievous bodily harm, and causing danger to another person.”

Jarlas said the accident resulted from the front support arm of the first train car breaking, first on one side and then on the other, causing the car’s wheels to fall.

He declined to provide further details but told Swedish technology magazine Ny Technik on Tuesday that the accident would not have happened “if the passengers had been wearing seat belts.” He said the ride relied “on the passenger being held back by the force of gravity, not the safety bar” that prevents passengers from getting up.

The support arm was installed this spring, Jarlas told Ny Teknik.

Thomas Ojala of the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority told Ny Teknik that they have a “good picture” of why the support arm broke but he did not want to “move it now.”

Ni Technik wrote that the authority’s technical report is expected to be issued in May or June.

The 800-meter (2,600-foot) roller coaster opened in 1988 and was renovated in 2000, according to Gröna Lund. It has a maximum height of 30 meters (98 ft) and a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour (56 mph).

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