By Nadine White
Seven children have been treated for “potentially serious” injuries following the collapse of a Helter Skelter fairground ride at a firework display in Woking, Surrey, South East Coast Ambulance Service said.
The victims are being taken to major trauma centres in London as the ambulance service described this as a “significant incident”.
A photograph taken at the scene shows members of the emergency services treating a patient next to an inflatable slide.
The Park has been evacuated.
Surrey Police confirm that the ‘Helter Skelter’ slide has collapsed.
The Air Ambulance has just landed.
No further details. pic.twitter.com/7o430BhKSh
— London 999 Feed (@999London) November 3, 2018
Surrey Police said in the statement: “We’ve evacuated Woking Park this evening, where people were gathering for the fireworks celebrations, following the collapse of the Helter Skelter at the fairground.
“We are working with ambulance and emergency service colleagues. We have had to evacuate the whole Woking Park site to allow the air ambulance to land. If you are still in the area, please follow the instructions given to you by officers and make your way home.”
We’ve evacuated Woking Park this evening, where people were gathering for the fireworks celebrations, following the collapse of the Helter Skelter at the fairground.
We are working with ambulance and emergency service colleagues. More information when we have it.
— Surrey Police (@SurreyPolice) November 3, 2018
The event’s organisers tweeted: “Really sorry but due to a major incident in the funfair area the police have asked us to evacuate the park. The fireworks display will therefore not take place tonight. We will publish further information as soon as possible.”
The park has been evacuated and an air ambulance has landed at the scene.
There were initial reports of 15 ambulances attending the incident.