M&Ds theme park owners handed £1.4m insurance payout for closure after rollercoaster FLEW OFF rails injuring kids and teens

Emergency services raced to the scene in June 2016 following the incident that saw a child as young as 11 hurt

Prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges against the company after receiving a report from the Health and Safety Executive last month into the crash.

THE owners of Scotland’s largest theme park – where ten people were injured after rollercoaster cars FLEW OFF the rails – received a £1.4million insurance payout for having to close following the incident.

Emergency services rushed to M&D’s in Motherwell in June 2016 after crash on the Tsunami ride, with some as young as 11 among those hurt.

The park was forced to close after the crashPA:PRESS ASSOCIATION The park was forced to close after the crash

And prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges against the company after receiving a report from the Health and Safety Executive last month into the crash.

Now it’s emerged bosses were given a payment of £1, 425,585 to compensate them for losses they suffered as result of the incident.

It was paid after they made a successful claim to insurers under their ‘business interruption policy’.

The theme park was shut for investigations but a partial reopening was sanctioned just four days after the accident and coincided with removal of the five-gondola train which had derailed. It was fully reopened to the public just over three weeks later.

The payment emerged in the newly published annual accounts of M&D Leisure, who run the park.

They also showed that the crash has resulted in a loss of income to the business.
Turnover dipped in the last year from £8.2 million to £7.8 million despite the insurance payment and gross profits fell from £4.3 million to £3.5 million.

Writing in the accounts, company director Matthew Taylor said: “The director is satisfied with the performance of the company in the financial year under review which reflect the difficult economic and trading conditions still being experienced throughout the country.

“The results for the year are also affected by the accident occurring in connection with the company’s Tsunami ride in 2016 which resulted in the temporary closure of the park while investigations were conducted.

Emergency services raced to the scene in 2016TOM FARMER - THE SUN GLASGOW

Emergency services raced to the scene in 2016

“Turnover for the year fell to £7,840,537 (2016 – £8,240,240) – this includes income received under the company’s business interruption insurance policy of £1,425,585.”

The accounts also stated the company’s insurers were currently dealing with claims from people injured in the crash but no figure has been disclosed on how much it would cost.

The crash happened when five gondolas on the Tsunami detached from the rails at a bend then plunged 20ft to the ground and on to a children’s ride.

There were nine people on board the Tsunami and ten taken to hospital, including two boys who were later described as being in a serious condition.

A 12-year-old had chest, abdominal and leg injuries while an 11-year-old suffered serious hand and arm injuries.

Four other boys, a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man were also detained in hospital.

Among the injured was student Katie McArdle, then 19, who told how she thought she was ‘going to die’ after her wrist was broken by the impact and she was left dangling upside down.

Her boyfriend William Murray, then also 19, suffered leg injuries.

She later said: “I have never been so scared. We are both still in shock. We have a few injuries but are lucky to be alive.”

In February this year, the Tsunami ride was dismantled and the owners said it would not be returning to the park.

A spokeswoman for M&D’s said: “The park was closed for several weeks during the peak summer period in 2016 whilst investigations into the Tsunami accident were conducted.

“A business interruption policy partially covered staff wages and other normal running costs during this period.”

Park bosses were handed the insurance payoutRODDY SCOTT - THE SUN GLASGOW

Park bosses were handed the insurance payout

A Crown Office spokesman said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report in relation to an incident in Motherwell on 26 June 2016.

“The investigation, under the direction of the Crown’s Health and Safety Division, is ongoing.”

Source: The Scottish Sun

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