A capsule of a thriller ride at Bengaluru’s WonderLa is seen fallen on the ground in a video that went viral on Friday. One of the capsules from the primary machine has been dislodged. Four men, who were seated in the capsule are stuck between the capsule and the ground, the capsule weighing down on their knees.
Though the video went viral on social media on Friday, the local police say that the accident occurred on the afternoon of June 18 and that they were unaware of the incident.
Speaking to TNM, Harish, sub-inspector of the Bidadi Police Station said that four men aged between 25 and 45 years sustained injuries on their knees due to the accident. On the afternoon of June 18, the four men got onto one of the thrill rides in WonderLa – The Hurricane.
The Hurricane’s machinery resembles a fan with three capsules that can seat eight people in each, four people at the front and four at the back. As the fan turns, each capsule also rotates on its own axis.
“On June 18th afternoon, the ride began and midway, there was power failure. The staff at WonderLa said it was a power cut. The machine was to be operated manually by the staff. As the ride was completed, the staff members were lowering the capsules to the ground. They said there was some technical glitch and the staff lost control over the machine, which toppled to the ground. Those who were sitting on the front of the capsule got stuck and they were injured,” SI Harish told TNM.
The staff rushed to their rescue and lifted the capsule off the ground. The incident was captured by on-lookers, which was initially posted on Instagram and later went viral on WhatsApp and Twitter on Friday.
“The injured were rushed to the hospital by WonderLa staff. They are currently at BGS Hospital. We did not learn of the video until Thursday evening and we waited for a memo from the Kengeri Sub-division to carry out a probe since none of the victims had filed a complaint. This morning, after receiving a memo, our officers have gone to obtain the statements of the victims. WonderLa staff had not told us about it because the victims had not filed a complaint,” SI Harsih added.
A WonderLa spokesperson from Wonderla told The New Indian Express, "We did not inform the police since it was not a major incident."