A 14-year-old girl has passed away after the rollercoaster she was riding partly derailed, police have confirmed.
As reported by ABC News, the teenager had been visiting the Tivoli Friheden amusement park in Aarhus, Denmark, on Thursday (July 14). However, after opting to ride the Cobraen 'Cobra' rollercoaster, tragedy shortly followed.
Police have said that a call was made at 12:50PM (local time) informing them that a car and several people on the amusement ride had become stuck.
Reports say that the rear section of the rollercoaster came off the tracks. Broadcaster TV2 reported that two teenagers were freed by workers from the rear car and transported to a nearby hospital.[[imagecaption|| Credit: agefotostock / Alamy]]
This was corroborated by Henrik Ragborg Olsen - the manager of the Tivoli Friheden amusement park - who reportedly told local newspaper Aarhus Stiftstidende that "the rear two seats" of the ride were hanging "under the wagon train".
Sadly, the unnamed 14-year-old girl was pronounced dead around 90 minutes later, with her cause of death yet to be officially announced.
A 13-year-old boy was also treated for hand injuries.
The ride has since been shut down and a police investigation is underway. Authorities will be interviewing witnesses with the aim of determining what caused the tragic event. Police inspector Brian Voss Olesen described the incident as a "very very tragic accident" to reporters at a press conference.[[imagecaption|| Credit: yardbirdstock.com / Alamy]]
A statement shared to the park's Facebook page reads (translated): "Dear all... It's hard for us to put into words the tragic accident of today, where a girl lost her life and a boy was injured.
"Our heartfelt thoughts are with the girl and the girl's relatives, family, and friends. Our thoughts are also with the boy, our staff and the many visitors at the park earlier today.
"We are cooperating with East Jutland Police and are now awaiting the technical investigations regarding the accident."
Officials also revealed that a hotline had been put in place to help anybody affected by the incident.
"We urge you once again not to share any photos or videos that may have been taken in connection with the accident," the post adds, concluding that the park would be closed on Friday, July 15.
Our thoughts go out to everybody affected by this horrible incident.