Public evacuated from giant Thorpe Park ride
Rollercoaster halted with passengers forced to walk down tracks in the rain from 75 feet
THRILLSEEKERS had to be evacauated from a rollercoaster carriage at around ‘75ft in the air’ when a ride came to a halt at Thorpe Park.
People were escorted from Colossus after it was reported that staff monitoring CCTV spotted someone putting a leg outside the cart around 11am on Sunday.
Passengers had to walk down the tracks of the Colossus rollercoaster to be guided to safety by rescuers attached to ropes.
Thorpe Park issued a statement saying a member of the public had ‘ ignored ride restrictions’ adding that such ‘well-rehearsed’ procedures were not uncommon.
Henry Moody, 14, who was visiting the park in Chertsey with his family, said the passengers were near the top of the 100ft ride.
He said: “Colossus was late to open and before it opened they were doing some checks at the top of the ride.
“Staff were walking up and down.
“Later on, at about 11am, the ride opened up while I was queuing for another ride.
“The next thing I saw, Colossus was stuck at the top of the lift with people stranded up there and it was in the rain as well.
“It took about an hourand-a-half until they were evacuated.
“There were about 20 people in the carriage.
“They were sitting on the ride for an hour-and-a-half in the rain.”
Henry said: “Colossus is roughly 100ft high and it was almost at the top, so I would say they were 75ft off the ground.
“The staff were there helping people off. They seemed fairly calm.
“Eventually, they got the
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people down the stairs and everyone got off. “It was a long time.” Henry said the ride reopened at around 2pm. Park employees pointed out that no-one was hurt during the incident.
The Colossus ride reaches a height of 98ft and speeds of up to 45mph.
A statement from Thorpe Park read: “There were no safety issues with Colossus.
“A member of the public ignored our ride restrictions and put his leg outside of the cart while the ride was in motion, which was spotted by staff monitoring the ride’s CCTV.
“If guests do not comply with our clearly stipulated restrictions and choose to ignore them, we have to act upon it. Therefore the ride was stopped and guests were removed from the rollercoaster; a procedure which is not uncommon and is very well-rehearsed.
“We apologise to all other guests inconvenienced by this person’s actions.”
Meanwhile, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train attraction finally opened at Thorpe Park on Friday, two months later than planned.
It was originally planned that the ride, described as the world’s first ever multi-sensory theme park experience, was to open on May 6, but it was delayed due to technical difficulties.
It aims to trick and disorientate guests as they board what appears to be a suspended 20ft Victorian Carriage.
The drama unfolded on Sunday morning after a safety breach when someone dangled a leg out of a cart.