The 20 workers at an amusement park near Chennai called Kishkinta were on a break, trying out a ride called the Disco Dancer. And then the coaches of the giant wheel – like a mega tea cup that tilts from one side to the other – came crashing down from a height of nearly 15 feet.
The Disco Dancer joyride was being tested after the December rain-floods in Chennai in order for it to be opened to the general public. In a video released by the website NewsMinute, workers are seen mounted on the different compartments on the joyride. It seems to start normally but after two rounds, the ride suddenly comes crashing to the ground, crushing the riders, all workers of the amusement park.
Reportedly, a mechanical glitch caused increased oscillations that couldn’t be controlled, causing the 50-foot-high ride to crash. A website also reported that the workers complained of hearing a ‘weird noise’ from the machine and screamed for the operators to stop the ride. However, no heed was paid. The noise is audible in the clip too.
The victims were taken to a nearby hospital where 25-year-old S. Mani was declared brought dead. Nine others are being treated for injuries. The NewsMinute reported that relatives of the victims alleged that the workers of the amusement park were ‘forced’ to sit for the trial run. Lokesh, a 28-year-old worker at the park, narrated his story saying they were forced to sit for the trial run. “We said we won’t join, but we were forced to and after two rounds there was some weird noise. Many of us screamed and wanted to get off but the organisers went ahead with it,” he said.