A deer that wandered too close to the Ultimate at Lightwater Valley rollercoaster in England was accidentally decapitated by the ride – leaving passengers covered in the animal’s blood.
The incident happened on Saturday morning at the North Yorkshire theme park. The ride, which is the longest steel rollercoaster in Europe, was traveling as fast as 50mph, reports Daily Mail, when it slammed into a deer that ended up too close to the tracks.
“We can confirm a young deer did unfortunately get hit by the Ultimate train yesterday and was killed instantly,” said a spokesperson for the theme park.
The ride was reportedly closed for 30 minutes after the incident while workers performed a thorough inspection of it.
The spokeswoman said passengers were mostly understanding, reports the Huffington Post. “A couple of visitors on the train did have spots of blood on their clothing,” she said. “But no visitors commented about the incident on the day other than to show concern for the deer. No passengers were injured in the incident.”
A father-of-two who was riding the rollercoaster at the time says the park handled the accident in a professional manner: “There was a bit of screaming but not too much. The maintenance men came and seemed to turn it off and on again and then it was fine.”
This isn’t the first time the rollercoaster hit a deer. In 1994, a deer that walked into the ride’s path had its legs ripped off and got its antlers caught in it. A 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital as a precaution after the incident.