Amusement park ride in Sweden collapses, injuring nearly 20

One of the reasons I have a fear of amusement parks is because of a story like this.

Yesterday, a jam-packed amusement ride at a Swedish theme park collapsed, injuring nearly 20 people, many of who were children.

The collapse happened at the Liseberg theme park outside Goteborg, in western Sweden. The ride was a spinning arm-and-seat combination.

Swedish authorities tell the Associated Press that a malfunctioning ball bearing was behind the collapse. The ride had been checked for safety in the spring, and nothing at that time was found to be amiss.

Twenty-five ambulances responded to the scene.

Liseberg is Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, with 30 different rides, the AP says.