Cry­ing chil­dren left stranded 50ft up bro­ken roller­coaster

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

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

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