Children were stuck in mid-air for more than two hours after a ‘wheel fell off a rollercoaster’ at Gulliver’s World.
A group of around 21 people were trapped on a Crazy Train ride at the Warrington theme park, with witnesses reporting many of them were in tears.
Footage from the park showed the ride suspended at an angle around 20ft in the air after a wheel reportedly fell off the train.
The last of a group of 21 people were stuck in mid-air for almost three hours after a ‘wheel fell off a rollercoaster’ at Gulliver’s World
The incident happened at around 12.50pm – and a rescue mission by Cheshire Fire service was completed almost three hours later.
An air ambulance was also called to the theme park, but it is not believed any injuries were suffered, the Mirror reported.
Terrified parents took to social media to describe the moment the ride halted with their children on board.
One user, ‘LadyInRed’, tweeted: ‘I have never been more frightened as a parent than I am now.
The mother of a asthmatic child stuck on the ride took to Twitter to describe the moment the ride halted
‘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.’
She said her daughter, who has asthma, was still on the ride at 3pm as a rescue mission began.
The concerned mother said: ‘There’s about six left up including my daughter. Just taking so long.’
Firefighters reportedly began using ladders to release people from the ride at around 1pm.
The last of those aboard the ride were rescued from the train at 3.35pm – almost three hours after it halted.
Cheshire Fire service said: ‘Firefighters were called to Gulllivers World in Shackleton Close, Warrington following reports of approximately 21 people trapped on a roller coaster ride.
‘They used ladders to help get to the people trapped on the ride which was approximately 50ft high up.
Footage from the park shows the ride suspended at an angle 20ft in the air after a wheel reportedly fell off the train
An air ambulance and the fire service were called to the theme park – and is it not believed anyone suffered injuries
‘They secured the carriages to ensure they were stable. A scaffolding tower was then 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. It is not believed there are any injuries.’
The park, aimed at children aged between two and 13, consists of multiple themed areas including Lilliput Land, Gully Town and Safari Kingdom.
The park is thought to have been especially busy today because NHS staff were allowed in for free.