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Rollercoaster thrillseekers left dangling upside down 50ft up for 20 minutes after poncho gets stuck in rails

Daily Mail 05.05.2010 10:04
Rollercoaster thrillseekers left dangling upside down 50ft up for 20 minutes after poncho gets stuck in rails - UK - North Yorkshire - accident - Europe


Five unlucky 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, which is claimed to be the steepest rollercoaster in the world.

But their carriage got stranded after a poncho jammed the mechanism, leaving them upside down before being rescued by theme park staff.

Nigel Warburton, of Darlington, County Durham, who was at Flamingo Land for a day out, photographed the incident yesterday.

 

'There was quite a crowd gathered watching,' he told The Northern Echo.

The £4 million ride opened at the park  near Malton last July. It plunges people down an overhang of 112 degrees from a high point of nearly 100ft.


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