This is the horror moment thrill-seekers were forced to walk down the tracks of the Colossus rollercoaster which stopped mid-air at Thorpe Park.They were left terrified when it suddenly ground to a halt – and had to be guided to safety by rescuers who were attached by ropes.
Henry Moody, 14, who was visiting the park, in Chertsey, Surrey, with his family said the passengers were near the top of the ride when they got stuck at around 11am. He said: “Colossus was late to open and before it opened they were doing some checks at the top of the ride. Staff were walking up and down.
“Later on, at about 11am, the ride opened up whilst I was queuing for another ride. The next thing I saw, Colossus was stuck at the top of the lift with people stranded up there and it was in the rain as well. Then it took about an hour and a half until they were evacuated. There were about 20 people in the carriage. They were sitting on the ride for an hour and a half in the rain.
“Colossus is roughly 100ft high and it was almost at the top, so I would say they were 75ft off the ground. The staff were there helping people off. They seemed fairly calm. Eventually they got the people down the stairs and everyone got off. It was a long time.”