Passengers are being escorted off a theme park ride at Alton Towers after it stopped at its highest point. Terrified thrillseekers are being helped to safety from the ‘Oblivion’ ride after it got stuck 180ft up. The ride came to an abrupt stop mid-way forcing 16 passengers to climb down the side of the tracks.
Witness Jack Hughes, 18, said: “The carriage is completely stuck at the top and it isn’t going. About six staff all went up with harnesses and started taking the riders off. People were gathering around and looking up at the ride. There were a few staff from the nearby shops that were looking up at it as well.”
The theme park said the rollercoaster stopped after a “minor technical fault” and that the safety of customers had not been compromised. The ride features a huge drop and has a top speed of 68mph. The coaster is just yards away from the Smiler ride – where two teenage girls each lost a leg and 14 others were injured in June 2015.