Children left screaming in terror 50 ft above ground after 'wheels fall off' rollercoaster
The horrific incident occurred on the Crazy Train rollercoaster at Gulliver's World, a popular theme park in Warrington, England, during a busy weekend
Around 21 children were left screaming in horror after getting stuck on a rollercoaster when its wheels reportedly fell off at Gulliver's World in England. The horrified children were stuck 50 feet above the ground for more than an hour at the popular theme park in Warrington.
Footage from the park shows the ride suspended on the track after a wheel apparently fell off. The mother of seven-year-old Sarah, who was caught in the chaos of the 'Crazy Train,' told Mirror that "the wheel just flew off and the ride stopped".
"Children are crying and screaming — including my daughter — it’s just awful,” she added.
Another witness recounted how she heard an "almighty crash" before the ride came to an abrupt halt. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service rushed to the park just after 1 pm.
Another mother of a child who was caught tweeted: "I have never been more frightened as a parent as I am now. Sat here on my own whilst my child is up in the air and there’s not a thing I can do. Should be able to take ya kids on a day out without this happening.”
It was a busy weekend for the park especially after hosting a special NHS celebration, with NHS staff members allowed to get in for free on September 15 and 16.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said that the "firefighters were called to Gulllivers World in Shackleton Close, Warrington following reports of approximately 21 people trapped on a roller coaster ride."
@cheshirepolice have responded to incident at #GulliversWorld together with @CheshireFire North West Ambulance Service. This has NOT been declared a major incident, latest update can be found on @CheshireFire website - https://t.co/4NPtM2MprM pic.twitter.com/mCKt2mLyAL— Det Ch Supt Wenham (@Det_Supt_Wenham) September 15, 2018
Shortly after the notice, crews, with the help of Gullivers World staff and paramedics worked to rescue the children. It is reported that the team used ladders to get to the people trapped on the ride which was approximately 50ft above the ground.
After ensuring that the carriages were stable, a scaffolding tower was built and those trapped continued to be freed and brought to safety. The line rescue team set up a twin line lowering system to rescue three people. No injuries were reported.