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8 children suffer 'potentially serious' injuries in United Kingdom fairground ride accident

8 children suffer 'potentially serious' injuries in United Kingdom fairground ride accident

Eight children are being treated for "potentially serious injuries" after an inflatable slide collapsed at a fireworks fun fair in the English countryside.

Police declared a major incident at Woking Park in Surrey after the children fell from the slide at about 7.30pm on Saturday.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said in a statement: "We now have multiple crews on scene at a significant incident in Woking Park".

One child remained under observation in hospital, but his injuries were not thought to be significant.

The patients were being transported to "major trauma centres" in London with the help of the air ambulance, a statement added.

One eyewitness said people started "panicking" after the the slide looked like it had "given way", leaving children that appeared no older than aged 10 injured on the floor.

The couple told Sky News they believe the slide buckled because too many children were climbing up to the top at the same time and they did not see anyone supervising numbers on the ride.

"It didn't look like it could hold that many people".

Woking Fireworks has said they are happy that the children's injuries are "not as serious as first feared".

"The investigation will now sit with the Health and Safety Executive".

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The journalist, who lives in Guildford, Surrey, added: "It looked like there were too many children on it and the side area had given way".

"Surrey Police worked with the organisers of the event to evacuate the site, in order to allow the emergency services to do their work, and to allow the air ambulance to land".

She said: "It was a traumatic event for adults let alone children, to see what looked to me to be a sea of children lying down on the ground screaming, unable to move".

Communities across Britain hold fireworks displays to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes' failed 1605 plot to blow up Parliament.

Meanwhile, the ambulance service said three people suffered minor injuries on a teacup ride at a fireworks event in Leeds Castle in Maidstone on Saturday.

"We are very shocked and distressed by the whole thing".

"We are working with ambulance and emergency service colleagues.", officers confirmed in a statement.

"We have used this funfair operator for a number of years. Everyone was just shocked".

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has video or pictures of what happened, to make contact with Surrey Police via 101, or surrey.police.uk/ReportIt, quoting reference PR/P18262524.

Woking Park is likely to remain closed on Sunday.