Rollercoaster Breaks Down Trapping Dozens Of Thrillseekers Upside Down (PHOTOS)


There has been another day of drama at Alton Towers after dozens of thrillseekers were left dangling on the hottest day of the year.

People were left hanging for around 20 minutes after the park’s Air coaster broke down.

Meanwhile a further 80 people were stuck inside sweltering carriages for more than an hour after two monorail trains stopped.

Last month, 16 people were hurt – four of them seriously – when the Smiler rollercoaster crashed into an empty carriage at the theme park.

A spokesman said delays were ‘within expected levels’ and the monorail would re-open on Thursday.

It took an hour to walk 80 people off the monorail using the evacuation walkways.

Alton Towers' Air rollercoaster broke down for two hours trapping 80 people upside down
The ‘Air’ rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers Theme Park. (Picture: file picture)

A spokesman told the BBC: ‘The train drivers kept guests informed via the on board PA system and refreshments were provided.’

Guests stuck on the Air ride rescued “within standard operating procedures”, according to park bosses.

Nobody was injured in the incidents.

Alton Towers guests tweeted that they had seen people ‘stranded’ on the Air rollercoaster.

The park had previously said it would introduce stricter safety procedures following the Smiler crash.

Two women, 20-year-old Vicky Balch and 17-year-old Leah Washington, had legs amputated following the crash on June 2.

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