Luna Park carousel accident: one dead and one injured, four men in custody, what we know


Luna Park carousel accident: one dead and one injured, four men in custody, what we know

RIDING ACCIDENT. "A drama at Luna Park in Cap d'Agde shook the night of Saturday August 5 to Sunday August 6, 2023, when the flagship attraction, Adrénaline, was the scene of a tragic accident which led to the death of a teenager and seriously injured a young woman.

On the night of Saturday to Sunday, a tragic event shook the Luna Park of Cap d'Agde, located on the Ile des Loisirs, in the town of Agde. It was around 1:30 a.m. when a terrible accident occurred on the park's flagship attraction, the Adrenaline, a giant swing with a rubber band that propels thrill seekers into the void at a dizzying speed of 110 km /h. The precise circumstances of this tragedy are still unclear, but it seems that a violent gust of north wind, reaching speeds of up to 80 km / h, may be involved. The two victims, a man and a woman who were tied together, were reportedly thrown violently against one of the large poles supporting the bungee cable, resulting in fatal injuries to the 17-year-old and serious injuries to the 20 year old young woman.

Alerted, the firefighters of Sdis 34 and Smur-Samu intervened promptly to rescue the victims. The young woman was urgently evacuated to the Montpellier University Hospital, where she was admitted to the anesthesia-resuscitation department, with a glimmer of hope for her survival, being out of danger. The human toll of this tragedy was particularly heavy for these two young people who left behind their families, now immersed in inconsolable mourning.

Cap d'Agde's Luna Park is a renowned amusement park, spread over an area of ​​5 hectares, offering a wide range of rides for adults, families and children. With a substantial and varied entertainment offer, the park attracts thousands of thrill seekers every year, especially during the summer season. The emotion aroused by this tragic event is immense. The offending carousel was immediately closed to the public and placed under judicial seal. A technical investigation, placed under the authority of the public prosecutor of Béziers, was ordered in order to clarify the circumstances of the accident. The police officers of the Agde police station have already undertaken numerous investigations to shed light on this affair.

This Sunday, August 6, the authorities indicated that "four men, including the manager of Luna Park, were taken into custody at three o'clock in the morning" in order to immediately collect the first statements from the people in charge of this attraction. "There is already the question of the conditions of use of this attraction in high winds," added the authorities.