24 Oct HSA investigate Tayto Park incident
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has opened an investigation into an incident that caused serious injury to at least 12 people at Tayto Park last night, leaving nine in hospital.
The lower stretch of a permanent staircase leading up to the brand new House of Horrors attraction suddenly collapsed, causing a large number of people to fall to the ground.
An emergency plan kicked into action, and ambulances and Gardai were soon at the scene. Nine people were taken to hospital as a precaution.
There are no details of the injuries sustained.
A spokeswoman for the park at Ashbourne said those caught up in the incident were taken to hospital as a “precautionary measure”.
A statement from Tayto Park said: “Last night at approximately 8pm the lower portion of a permanent staircase leading to The House of Horrors gave way.
“The Tayto Park emergency plan was immediately put in place and the emergency services attended the scene. Nine people were transported to hospitals in the city as a precautionary measure to assess their injuries.
“The management of Tayto Park will co-operate fully with the investigation as the safety of our guests is paramount.”
The park was open again yesterday (Sunday, 23 October).