Four seriously injured when fairground ride collapses in Australia

ADELAIDE, Australia - A fairground ride collapsed in a scene described Sunday as a war zone, injuring 37 people - four of them seriously.

One woman was in critical condition Sunday in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, police said.

Angus Sutherland was waiting in line with his son for a turn on the Spin Dragon when the amusement ride at the Royal Adelaide Show collapsed Saturday evening.

''We were all standing behind a makeshift barrier at the front and, as the thing fell apart, we had nowhere to run,'' he said. ''It looked like a war zone. It could have been 20 or 30 people flung to the ground. They were screaming and crying for help.''

Minister for Workplace Services Robert Lawson said investigators began looking for the cause of the accident Sunday. An interim report was expected by Wednesday.

''It is of concern that these events can happen, but this device had a current certificate of registration and all its papers are in order,'' he said.


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