Metropolis Roller-Coaster Stops During Ride.

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Metropolis Roller-Coaster Stops During Ride.

Post by Hurricane » Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:47 pm

Seven people were trapped 10 metres above the ground on a rollercoaster at Melbourne's Luna Park after a safety mechanism fell off.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) senior station officer Ron Young said they were called to the iconic fun park in bayside St Kilda at 12.36pm (AEDT) to rescue riders on the Metropolis rollercoaster.

He said management had stopped the ride after an anti-reverse mechanism fell off one of the two cars mid-ride.

Officer Young said the ride could have continued in safety, as the other car's mechanism remained in place, but management stopped it as a precaution.

He said firefighters used a platform ladder similar to a cherry picker to rescue the seven people.

They were all taken off by 1pm.

"There was no scene of panic. They were all fine," he said.

The ride is described on the Luna Park website as a "fast and furious" experience "not for the faint-hearted".

Another Report on the Incident:

Thursday January 24, 05:11 PM

Luna Park probes ride breakdown

St Kilda's Luna Park, in Melbourne's south, is investigating a mechanical failure that left seven people trapped on an amusement ride today.

The teenagers were stranded in two cars on the 'Mad Mouse' when operators used the emergency brakes to stop the ride.

The group was stuck 10 metres above the ground for about 15 minutes before the fire brigade rescued them.

Kate Humphreys was on the ride.

"We thought it was the person making it more scary, but then we realised we were stuck up there we ... got a bit scared," she said.

The CEO of Luna Park, Mary Stuart, says the ride was stopped as a precautionary measure.

"We train our people to act for safety and for caution and that is what we did today," she said.

The ride has been closed to the public for the time being.

- Yahoo News.

I Swear this ride is having more and more problems each day...

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