‘World’s Longest’ Outdoor Slide Experience Spirals Into 14 Freak Accidents
By Mikelle Leow, 06 May 2019
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It was an experience with a view, albeit a deadly one.
A tragic accident at the slide of a theme park in Sichuan, China has resulted in two deaths and the injuries of 12 guests.
According to an announcement by local authorities, eight adults and six children “fell out” of the protective enclosure of a 235-meter (770-foot) slide in The Children's Yard, an amusement park in the Chengdu province, on 1 May.
The park, which boasts 32 super slides, claims the attraction is the “longest” open-air slide design in the world.
12 of the victims are being treated, but two did not survive the accident as they died after being rushed to the hospital.
The park has since been shut down by local authorities, with its owner being detained. The closure came less than two weeks after the business reopened from “rectification” procedures.
Despite being marketed as kid-friendly, the establishment has not been able to meet safety regulations. According to Sixth Tone, the park’s high-rise viewing platform collapsed in July 2017, wounding three adults. Further investigation showed that The Children’s Yard did not conduct a third-party safety evaluation, which was required by law.
In addition, the park did not pay heed when numerous safety warnings and compliance orders were issued by the police prior to its grand opening.
The Children’s Yard announced its reopening on 20 April on social media, but the post has since been taken down.
2 dead, 12 injured after a breakdown of safety precautions for a 235-meter-long recreational slide built on a hill slope in Chengdu, SW China’s Sichuan province. The amusement park is currently closed and investigation is underway. pic.twitter.com/4B6uIUEtLh— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) May 2, 2019
[via Sixth Tone, images via various sources]
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