A disabled man has been seriously injured in a fall from a roller coaster.

 

The incident took place around midday, in a theme park called the National Coffee Park when a man fell from the Krater roller coaster.

 

The National Coffee Park in the city of Montenegro, in the central-western Colombian department of Quindio, celebrates the part coffee has played in Colombia’s history.

 

The 36-year-old man, identified as Laureano de Jesus Ospina, was transferred to the nearby La Sagrada Familia hospital where he is in a "critical" condition.

 

A video recorded by a witness shows how the man drops from the roller coaster as it nears the bottom of one of its near-vertical plummets.

 

He is reported to have fallen at least 10 metres (32 feet).

 

Jhon Faber Giraldo Giraldo, community manager of the theme park, said "Mr Laureano is stable and we know that he never lost conscious and that he is currently being attended by doctors."

 

He also said that the accident was not caused by a mechanical fault "because we are following the protocol given by the producer of the attraction".

 

He added that the roller coaster had been closed and people evacuated from the area so investigations into the accident could begin.

 

But La Sagrada Familia hospital spokesman John Jaime Botero described the patient’s condition as "critical".

 

The nature of the patient’s disability was not reported.

 

Krater was opened in February 2015 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the park.

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