Alton Towers Octonauts Rollercoaster Evacuated

11 June 2015

Alton Towers Octonauts Ride

A week after the Alton Towers roller coaster crash which led to a teenager having her leg amputated, a children's rollercoaster at Alton Towers has been evacuated.

The Daily Mail reports:

"Parents and youngsters were removed from the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure in the CBeebies area of the Staffordshire theme park yesterday. It is understood the ride stalled due to a malfunction and the evacuation was carried out after a boy became agitated."

The ride is based on the popular children's TV programme Octonauts. Passengers were reportedly given harnesses to help them disembark from the rollercoaster safely, after it stalled.

A spokesman for Alton Towers said:

"Following an incident on 10th June the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure will be closed today (11th June). A minor technical delay caused the ride to stop and a guest became agitated. In line with standard procedures, the ride was therefore evacuated and Alton Towers Resort staff followed all normal processes to ensure guests were taken off the ride quickly and safely. As a precaution, Alton Towers is now conducting thorough checks of the ride before it re-opens to guests."

I'm no fan of rollercoasters at the best of times, but it's pretty safe to say I'll not be going anywhere near one with my kids this summer.

Has your faith in the safety of theme parks been shaken by recent events?

TOPICS:   News and Recalls

7 comments

  • Becks1980s
    I went to America on there rides they shut rides down for 3hrs every so meny hrs to check rides out its an outraged that alton towers are so negligent to allow rides to go without checks I love roller-coasters but love my life more than to ever go to this park
  • scottsept86
    I went to America on there rides they shut rides down for 3hrs every so meny hrs to check rides out its an outraged that alton towers are so negligent to allow rides to go without checks I love roller-coasters but love my life more than to ever go to this park
    Hardly negligent, Alton Towers are at the forefront of ride safety. If you actually bothered to read the article, the ride stalled (that means stopped where it wasn't supposed to, not crashed, or derailed) and they only resorting to evacuating the ride when a 'passenger became agitated' ie/ kid started crying.
  • Nomessing
    Myself and my four children rode on that ride yesterday with no problems what so ever, there was no scene made of this evacuation, just general procedure followed. The ride ran smoothly and staff ensured all the children were the right height, safe and secure and that every one was happy to the best of their ability while we were near the ride. I understand the worry about certain aspects of going to places like this but to slander a well maintained company because they are following safety procedures is ridiculous, they have done their best considering what's happened and don't deserve half the abuse their getting.
  • janb1
    I know the last accident was so terrible but Alton towers has always had a good reputation over the years yes it was awfull but then are accidents in the street, planes and other things but people will still go no matter what I know I will
  • James9689
    me and my partner when to Alton towers for the day yesterday. We didn't go to any children's ride but all the adult rides. everything was absolutely fine. Had a cracking day I had not been on a rollercoster since I was 10 years old and still went one even though with what happened with one last week with the smiler. Just because a ride stalls doesn't mean it should get bad publicity. If your car stalls I'm sure you would just crack the ignition and carry on, I could understand if it had been something a lot serious. I understand people may be apprehensive to goto the theme park now, but I think people are just making things sound worse than they actually are and making a big fuss...
  • Stokegirl
    I went to America on there rides they shut rides down for 3hrs every so meny hrs to check rides out its an outraged that alton towers are so negligent to allow rides to go without checks I love roller-coasters but love my life more than to ever go to this park
    I used to work at Alton towers and think the above comment is ridiculous,, yes last week's crash was devastating but was the first major incident in the parks history any theme park you go to anywhere and I've been to a lot have rides that break down on a daily basis (even in America) the same as a kettle or a toaster they are mechanical and do suffer faults,, Alton towers do test there rides and for you to sit there not knowing just making judgements without knowledge is ridiculous just wanting to put your two penneth in when you do not know or can pass judgement on policies or procedures or has anything to do with you ,, Alton towers has taken full responsibility for last weeks accident and I think that is commendable
  • MissLa83
    Almost every time I've been to any theme park, more than one ride breaks down or stalls.. They get the engineers, sort it, send a test carriage then all being well the ride is then back operational.. Every ride in theme parks is tested everyday before the park opens to the public (uk parks) no ride, bus, car or even your own pants are 100% in anything.. Things break, things go wrong, power cuts out.. These things happen.. Nothing is 100% safe or guaranteed, NOTHING....

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