A hand-made, uncertified carousel broke injuring 4 in Yerevan’s largest child attraction park as the nation flocked to the parks celebrating May 9th, the Victory and Peace day.
Luckily lives were spared. Two children were soon let out from the hospital. Two of the more seriously injured, the 13-year-old Menua Vardanian and his adult sister, Marine Vardanian, are still in the hospital, but their condition is rapidly improving.
Meanwhile, the authorities blame the park’s administration for launching the attraction without proper approval and operating it without due inspection, and the park’s administration deny the charges. Speaking to RFE/RL Toros Umrikian, director of “Happy Passtime” company, blames the ‘accident’ and ‘metal’ used in construction of the carousel.
“We do all we can. This is a means of transportation, and you know, that accidents happen,” he told in an attempt to justify their criminal carelessness. “We have safety belts and all the necessary means to avoid such accidents. This is iron, this is metal, things like that are possible. We just need to find out, is this misunderstanding to be blamed on metal, or what else could have happened?”
Meanwhile, Marine Vardanian says she doesn’t know “who to blame”, for what doctors said is multiple injuries inflicted upon her and her little brother, when all they wanted to do on that festive Victory day, was to have some fun in an environment, which is supposed to be safe…
That’s what I call a wide and loud call to potential tourists to avoid this country and its attraction sites.