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Two killed, two injured in Mexico City ride derailment

Mexico City, Mexico — Two young men died and two women were left with serious injuries after a ride malfunctioned at the Feria de Chapultepec in Mexico City.

Government authorities in Mexico City say the accident occurred Saturday when a roller coaster derailed while in use. The roller coaster has a 1-kilometer-long track that riders pass along three times per session.

“There was an unfortunate accident in a mechanical ride known as Chimera, which caused two people to lose their lives and two more were seriously injured,” authorities in Mexico City said in a statement.

Authorities have not identified the two fatalities, but Mexican media reported that they are two young men of 18 years and 21 years old.

In the incident, two women were seriously injured, one of them, 22-years old. Both were transferred to Mocel Hospital for immediate attention and are stable, according to the capital’s government.

Officials have requested concessionary Operadora de Desarrollo Humano Chapultepec to “prove the validity of the Civil Protection program” for the safety of its rides. Activities in the amusement park have been suspended “until the corresponding investigations are carried out, the safety of the facilities is verified”.

The Government of Mexico City added in the statement that it “regrets what happened” and undertakes to provide all the necessary support for the families of the people who lost their lives, as well as those who were injured.

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