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US NewsOh, chute! 125ft slide linking streets in Spain closes after riders hurt

11:00  13 may  2019
11:00  13 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A 38-metre slide which links two streets in Spain has been forced to shut a day after opening to the public. Authorities ordered a safety inspection of the steel Authorities ordered a safety inspection of the steel chute in Estepona, a resort town on the Costa del Sol, after people complained of injuries.

A long, steep slide linking two streets in a southern Spanish town has been closed pending safety checks a day after it opened to the public. The stainless-steel chute , reputed to be Spain ’s longest, has a gradient that varies between 32 and 34 degrees. It was unveiled on Thursday but shut the

Oh, chute! 125ft slide linking streets in Spain closes after riders hurt © Other The slide has been closed for review. Pic: Estepona town council A 38m (125ft) slide linking two streets in a southern Spanish town has been closed - a day after it opened for the first time.

Residents reported suffering injuries while riding the steel chute in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, which was designed to save people from a 10-minute walk.

Videos posted on social media showed people hurtling down the slide and flying off at the end.

On Twitter, one woman claimed she suffered grazes while using the chute, writing: "The slide in Estepona is s***, seen and tested. I've hurt myself everywhere.

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"These are my elbows. I have not put up pictures of my a**e but it is worse."

Others expressed concern that drunken holidaymakers could injure themselves or even lose their lives on the slide.

The council said the image shared on social media was an "isolated incident" - and claimed more than 1,000 people had used it safely.

It added that users had been given instructions on how to use the slide properly. They were told to sit down rather than lie down, keep their arms inside the chute, and ride one at a time.

Fresh safety checks are now being performed on the slide, with some locals claiming it was a "vanity project" for the mayor.

The chute reportedly cost €28,000 (£24,000) and forms part of the development of a new green space in the town.

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