Shortly before 5 p.m. the "Rapid Music" carousel of the "caterpillar" type installed at the Place Faidherbe was packed: without knowing with certainty that there was a derailment, one of the cars & # 39 ; s from the carousel is almost back.
"I saw a car leaning on the frontor even turn around, and the people who were inside fall under the merry-go-round in the well"says the mayor of Bapaume Jean-Jacques Cottel, witness to the accident and describing" a surreal scene ".
"After, it's panic on board because everyone is in a hurry to get them back, to pick up the children and then of course to help the wounded who were under the carousel. "
Who are the victims?
There was a blur for a few hours about the exact number of victims. The fire department first reported the number of nine injured. France Bleu counted seven, and The voice of the north five.
The final report rightly mentions five minor injuries that have been treated: a child of 6 years pain in the mouth, his 46-year-old mother is broken, as well as three teenagers.
Two other people were slightly injured in their rescue and therefore we do not count among the victims of the accident and ultimately three people unharmed but shocked are also supported.
This Monday only the mother was in the hospital.
Was there a security error?
An investigation was conducted into Arras' gendarmerie company to determine the circumstances of the accident, but no security breach has been uncovered at this time. theThe carousel was visited by the safety committee and, the mayor emphasizes, the caretakers had all the necessary documents.
Below a video of the carousel during normal use, made in 2017.
The witnesses are currently being heard by the gendarmerie.