A 13-year-old girl is fighting for her life and 27 others have been injured in an accident involving a fairground ride in southern Spain.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning while San José de la Rinconada – a small town near Seville, Andalusia – was holding its annual summer fair.
It is believed a spinning disc ride, called ‘the Super Cooking Pot’, fell apart after experiencing an electrical failure, reported Diario de Sevilla.
However, the full circumstances around the accident are not yet clear.
The teenage is girl is reportedly in a critical condition and is being treated at the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Seville for serious head injuries, reported the news site.
Nine of the injured were taken to local hospitals, said Seville’s municipal emergency services, after they were called to the scene at around 1.50am.
Four teenage boys, aged 12 to 14, are also being treated at a separate hospital with one of them currently in intensive care.
Another four are being treated for fractures and other injuries but are said to be in a stable condition.
Town hall officials of La Rinconada said in a statement that the ride had passed safety inspections before the fair took place.
In 2014 a 12-year-old girl died after suffering an electric shock from the same type of ride at a fairground in a nearby town.
Officials added the site has been cordoned off while investigations are underway to establish what may have caused the machinery to malfunction.
They said they hope victims will make a ‘quick recovery’, while the town’s mayor Javier Fernández said the accident had left everyone ‘without words’ and are seeking to find who is responsible for the ride’s technical difficulties.
He added: ‘We hope that our boys and girls will recover from what they experienced today both psychologically and physically.’
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