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Four hurt after decorative helicopter falls into pool at water park

Families were left stunned after a plastic helicopter crashed into a pool where children were swimming – injuring four people.

The decorative structure had been suspended from the ceiling when it detached and landed in the water at DreamWorks in New Jersey.

Four people were injured and treated at the scene by the emergency services just after 3pm on Sunday.

One victim was rushed to hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The other three left the water park on their own accord. The park has not released further details, including the identity and ages of those hurt.

Footage shows scenes of panic immediately as lifeguards flocked to the pool after the incident.

Local radio host Dominic Carter was at the park, and said: ‘Something just went terribly wrong at dreamworld water park in the […] meadowlands.

‘A loud noise. Something fell. Entire park shut down. State Police on the premises.’

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Something just went terribly wrong at dreamworld water park in the #meadowlands. A loud noise. Something fell. Entire park shut down. State Police on the premises. #dreamworkswaterpark pic.twitter.com/LG5nE6fjwJ

Another person who claimed to have been there replied: ‘Very loud noise, screaming, people running.’

One more onlooker said: ‘Pure luck that noone got seriously injured. The pool it fell into is for the smallest/youngest kids, and is usually packed with toddlers.’

American dream water park incident #americandream #waterpark pic.twitter.com/uTZOIPTe4o

Luis Mondesi, another witness at the park, further tweeted: ‘A huge section of the American Dream Mall Waterpark collapsed as me and my family were walking towards that section to get our son. 

‘He said he was 10 meters from the section that collapsed. Pandemonium arose and people left in droves. 

‘I truly hope nobody got seriously hurt.

‘I ran towards the chaos to get my son and then leave.’

A huge section of the American Dream Mall Waterpark collapsed as me and my family were walking towards that section to get our son. He said he was 10 meters from the section that collapsed. Pandemonium arose and people left in droves.
I truly hope nobody got seriously hurt.
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In a statement released after the incident took place, American Dream said: ‘The safety of our guests is our highest priority. 

‘We will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident to ensure the park meets all safety regulations as required.’

As of Monday, the park remains closed, though the rest of the complex is open to the public. 

Dreamworks has been contacted for comment by Metro.co.uk.

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