NEW TER­ROR AT AL­TON TOW­ERS

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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

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