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    Five bizarre holiday accidents


    Going on holiday, the last thing you want to think about is injuries or  accidents while travelling. However, as the old saying goes – fail to prepare, prepare to fail. A number of simple steps can be taken to avoid having to claim for travel accident compensation.

    On the other hand, there are some bizarre holiday accidents that simply cannot be legislated for, even by the most careful holiday maker. One of the most common sites for these bizarre and unavoidable accidents is theme parks.

    The list of theme park accidents is both long and varied, but here are five of the most bizarre holiday accidents:

    Sahuarita, Arizona

    Windy conditions caused untold problems on this site in the south of Arizona. Two young children were playing on a bouncy castle when powerful gusts lifted the entire structure off the ground.

    Thankfully, no serious holiday injuries were suffered, but it is by no means an isolated case. A similar incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico saw not one but two inflatables whirling through the air with 12 terrified children on board.

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    Rakvere, Estonia

    Back in May 2007, a dreadful accident occurred on the ‘Tivoll Tuur’ ride, when suddenly flames and billows of black smoke engulfed the riders as the gondolas used on the ride were set ablaze in a terrifying holiday accident.

    The flames raged for over an hour before fire fighters finally took hold. A total of 37 people were injured on holiday here, most suffering burns and smoke inhalation.

    Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, America

    Chaos reigned in this Indiana theme park when a filter pump malfunction resulted in dangerous amounts of liquid bleach and hydrochloric acid, leaving 24 guests and employees requiring hospital treatment for holiday illnesses ranging from nausea to troubled breathing.

    Kennywood, Pennsylvania

    Guests on the King Kahuna ride were left hanging around back in 2008 when the ride unexpectedly stopped, suspending nervous riders upside down for over 10 minutes before they finally got on the move again.

    Kennywood, Pennsylvania

    The same park saw another bizarre holiday accident nine years earlier when operators on the Thunderbolt ride failed to activate the brakes on a train as it entered the station, causing it to crash into the train being loaded, leaving 30 people with holiday injuries.

    If you suffer an accident abroad, a call to Accident Advice Helpline can help set you on your way to successfully claiming the holiday accident compensation you deserve.

    Date Published: December 2, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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