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M&D's rollercoaster crash: Park sorry over 'fear' advert

Tsunami ride Image copyright PA
Image caption The Tsunami ride crashed after it derailed on a bend

The management of a theme park where a rollercoaster crashed injuring 10 people have apologised after a billboard for a new ride carried the words 'Bring on the fear'.

The street advertisement for the Giant Condor attraction was put up near the M&D's park in North Lanarkshire.

The park's high-speed Tsunami ride crashed last month when five gondolas derailed and fell to the ground.

An M&D's spokesman said the Giant Condor advert had now been removed.

Image copyright Demi Campbell
Image caption All outdoor rides at the park have been closed since the Tsunami crash

He added: "All of our planned advertising campaigns were cancelled in the immediate aftermath of the Tsunami accident.

"An error by our billboard advertising agency ClearChannel resulted in this advert appearing on a single site.

"We ordered its removal as soon as we were alerted to it and ClearChannel has assured us that its mistake will not be repeated.

"We would like to apologise for any distress caused."

Nine passengers, most of them children, were on board the Tsunami inverted rollercoaster when it crashed.

Image copyright M&D's
Image caption The Tsunami, pictured previously, is one of the fastest rides at the park

A total of 10 people were taken to hospitals in Glasgow and Wishaw, although a 25-year-old woman was found not to be injured.

A fairground inspector who issued a safety certificate for the rollercoaster 16 days before it crashed has since been served with a prohibition notice by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Most outdoor rides at the theme park near Motherwell reopened on Friday, but the Tsunami remains closed.

According to the M&D's website, The Giant Condor is the only one of its kind in Europe.

The advert says: "You can soar into the sky to over 30 metres in 28 custom built gondolas built for two.

"It's big, it's very scary, it's The Giant Condor."

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