Roller coaster riders left dangling upside down 50ft for 20 minutes

Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Contributed by Walk

Five thrillseekers got a bigger fright than they perhaps wanted after their rollercoaster got stuck, leaving them dangling 50ft above the ground for 20 minutes. They had paid to go on the Mumbo Jumbo ride at Flamingo Land theme park in North Yorkshire. A poncho gets stuck in the wheels, bringing the car to a halt.

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Friday, May 7, 2010 1:24 AM

Maybe the poncho had become so twisted and mucked up in the wheel assembly that the only way to remove it was to strip it down on the spot, hence requiring an evac. Just like Ben Stiller in Something About Mary. Frank and beans!


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Friday, May 7, 2010 1:35 AM
Jeff's avatar

So you're saying the people in the car missed the prom?


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Friday, May 7, 2010 1:52 AM
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No, but the poncho did.


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Friday, May 7, 2010 1:54 AM

No, what I'm saying is they already laid the tracks -- that was the hard part. All they needed to do was to back the train up the way it came. ;)


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Friday, May 7, 2010 2:30 AM
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Oh... And a one, and a two...


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Friday, May 7, 2010 4:27 PM

Two thoughts on why evacuate instead of pushing...

Thought #1: Perhaps the position of the vehicle was such that it could not be safely pushed because of interference from the crane, manlift or bucket truck used to get to the car. That is, you can reach the car with the bucket truck, but you can't just push it to the next hill because it will come around and collide with the back of the truck.

Thought #2: Or, perhaps the fire brigade was handling things, in which case their typical line of thought is to evacuate the people at all costs first, then worry about the equipment...never mind that running the equipment might be a safer option.

Don't know if either thought applies, but it's there for your consideration... :)

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Sunday, May 9, 2010 2:06 PM

Maybe it's just me, but for some reason this little coaster looks like it would be really fun to ride. I really want to visit this park and take a ride.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010 2:57 PM
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It'd probably be easier for you to just swing by Indiana Beach and ride Steel Hawg.

(based on your profile location being SE Michigan)


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