Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

A Roller Coaster Malfunction Left Riders Suspended Upside Down for 2 Hours

A Roller Coaster Malfunction Left Riders Suspended Upside Down for 2 Hours

Two carriages on the Jurassic Park-themed ride, The Flying Dinosaur, came to an abrupt halt when the safety mechanism was activated after detecting something was wrong, the Japan Times reported.

The roller coaster had similar issues during operation in August and September a year ago.

One carriage stopped just before the end of the 1,202-yard ride, while the other stopped on an upward track almost 100 feet in the air.

This terrifying footage shows the moment 64 passengers were left dangling upside down around 100 feet above the ground after a Japanese rollercoaster made an emergency stop. There were two similar malfunctions previous year on the ride. The ride was reopened that afternoon, around 7 p.m., and while some visitors steered clear of the ride, there was still a line when operations resumed.

The park apologised over the incident and said the problem was caused by a motor-regulating device on the rail.

The theme park was crowded on Tuesday with visitors due to Japan's Golden Week holidays from late April to Sunday. A 42-year-old woman from the city of Hiroshima, visiting with her three children, said, "It's scary to think (about) if we had been on board. I don't want to ride it anymore".

People enjoy a ride on the roller coaster "Hollywood Dream the Ride" at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, during a press preview, 08 March 2007.

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