NEW TERROR AT ALTON TOWERS
TERRIFIED thrillseekers as young as 12 were last night escorted off the Oblivion ride at Alton Towers after it came to a ‘clunking’ halt – 180ft in the air.
The rollercoaster is just yards away from the Smiler ride – where two teenage girls each lost a leg and 14 others were injured in June 2015.
Rescue staff climbed the Oblivion ride and put harnesses on the passengers before escorting them away from the stuck ride.
Witness Alex Heasman-Bailey, 16, said he heard a ‘clunking noise’ as the Oblivion ride suddenly came to a halt, leaving visitors stranded.
He said: “The passengers were looking around and they were very anxious to step off the ride and onto the stairs because it’s quite a high fall.
“I was quite shocked because it’s right opposite the Smiler where the incident was a few years ago.”
Jack Hughes, 18, who also witnessed the incident, added: “The carriage was completely stuck at the top and it wasn’t going. About six staff all went up with harnesses and started taking the riders off.”
A spokesman for the Staffordshire park last night said: “Oblivion stopped after a sensor on it detected a minor technical fault.
“The ride performed exactly as it is designed to do. In line with our well-rehearsed procedures, guests were assisted from the ride.”
CLUNKING HALT: Staff help thrillseekers off, after ride stops at highest part