Air Ambulance dispatched to UK theme park over serious rollercoaster emergency

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    A theme park has been evacuated after a serious emergency took place and an air ambulance was called.

    One person was taken to hospital after the incident at Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, south west Wales today.

    The Welsh Ambulance Service were called to the scene at 1pm, with an air ambulance also arriving at the park.

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    It has not been made clear what happened, but it is thought that it involved the Treetops ride.

    According to Wales Online, the ride is a huge rollercoaster which travels in and out of woodland surrounding the park, and is described as being "high up in the treetops".

    The park describes it as one of the "most popular rollercoasters", that has been at the park for nearly 30 years.

    It has a top speed of around 22mph and stands just over 26ft high.

    The air ambulance was seen leaving the park shortly before 4pm and was seen heading in the direction of Swansea.

    A spokesman from the theme park said: "“As a result of an incident at Oakwood today we have closed the park to the public with immediate effect."

    Dyfed Powys Police has already launched an investigation, which is being led by its Health and Safety Executive.

    The theme park has been in trouble before, however, after someone died there in 2004.

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    Hayley Liane Williams, 16, from Pontypool, died after she fell from the highest point of the Hydro ride.

    She shockingly fell into the splash pool below, which also saw a boy suffer a head injury during the accident.

    At the time, a spokesman said: "All of Oakwood's rides are subject to rigorous daily testing and are certified by independent safety consultants on an annual basis."

    No update on the condition of the person involved in today's incident has yet been given, but the Daily Star has reached out to Dyfed Powys Police for a further comment.

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