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PortAventura worker killed by runaway roller coaster
thinkSpain , Monday, May 18, 2009

A 55-year-old employee at Portaventura died this morning after being run over by a roller coaster wagon at the amusement park in Salou, Tarragona.

The accident happened at 7am whilst the man, Diego S.B., was carrying out routine maintenance work on one of the attractions in the Far West area of the park.

The emergency services were called immediately and the victim was taken to the park's medical centre, but despite efforts to revive him, he died shortly afterwards.

Agents from the Catalan police force, the Mossos d'Esquadra, are investigating the incident but have so far failed to provide any explanation for the accident.

A PortAventura spokesperson said that they 'deeply regretted' the man's death but reassured the press and the public that the accident was 'not the result of faulty equipment'.

The area of the amusement park where the accident happened has been cordoned off and closed to the public while investigations are carried out.

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