Movie World roller coaster malfunction traps 20

Sophie Harrison

Twenty people who were trapped on a roller coaster at Movie World were evacuated yesterday after a mechanical issue with a chain left passengers stranded.

According to the ABC, firefighters and theme park staff scaled the Arkham Asylum ride to free the nineteen women and one young boy, who became trapped at the top of the roller coaster around midday on Wednesday for an hour and 40 minutes.

A cherry picker was used to rescue four people dangling in their seats on the Arkham Asylum Coaster, while others were evacuated via a ladder platform set up by emergency services.

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The ABC spoke with Queensland’s Ambulance Service operations supervisor, Paul Young, who said they had no reports of injuries and passengers appeared to be in good spirits as they were evacuated from the ride.

“The park has offered them water. We’ve asked them to drink that water as quickly as they can to get [it] into their body. They all looked flushed, a little bit hot being in the sun,” said Young.

“[But] they were in good spirits, they were laughing, no-one appeared to be fazed by it.”

Movie World general manager, Greg Yong, said there was a mechanical issue with a chain, but did not know exactly what went wrong. They will look into whether heat played a role.

“Due to the time it will take to rectify this issue, we have decided to do an evacuation of the ride,” Mr Yong said.

“This is a process we have drilled for fire services. There were no injuries with any guests on board.”

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The ride has been closed but the theme park remains open.

The latest Gold Coast theme park safety scare comes just months after the tragic fatal accident at neighbouring Dream World.

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