Crying children left stranded 50ft up broken rollercoaster
TERRIFIED children were stuck in mid-air for two hours yesterday after a rollercoaster broke down at a theme park in Cheshire.
Crazy Train, a ride at Gulliver’s World in Warrington, came to a halt 50 feet in the air with 21 people on board.
Witnesses said wheels from its carriages had fallen off.
Some of the stranded children were reportedly crying while anxious parents below called the emergency services.
Crews from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service used ladders and erected a scaffold to get the riders to safety.
Two hours after the breakdown, the last person was helped off and nobody had been hurt. The resort has now been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.
Gulliver’s said the rollercoaster had come to a stop mid-ride ‘due to a malfunction’.
The company added: ‘The emergency services were required to assist with aiding guests from the ride. Due to the quick response of the Gulliver’s team and the use of their on-site evacuation equipment, all individuals were escorted safely off.’
The fire service praised theme park staff for their prompt response to the incident.
STUCK: The Crazy Train rollercoaster in mid-air and, left, rescuers start to free the terrified children