Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
This is the moment two passengers are suspended upside down from the tracks of a roller coaster after their car suddenly tipped over on a corner leaving them hanging in midair.
Anqi Amusement Park, in the city of Gaoyou in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, has since had to deny claims by its owner staff members that a loose screw on the car caused it to derail during its descent.
The heart-stopping incident happened on 11th February, with footage showing the young passengers stuck in the upside-down car, which was fortunately not too high off the ground when it stopped.
Witnesses including theme park staff leap over railings and rush to their aid, the video shows.
Reports said the pair were held in place by their seat belts, which prevented them from falling potentially head first onto the ground below.
Anqi Amusement Park staff told local media that a screw had likely come loose, causing the car to partially derail.
However, a park spokeswoman later said: “It wasn’t a loose screw. We’ve sorted it out and everything is now fine. It was a simple mechanical malfunction – nothing more.”
She added: “There were no faulty or broken parts, as had been suggested by rumours online, and the car remained on the tracks the whole time.”
The spokeswoman said the ride was operational again the very next day.
The two passengers are not believed to have been harmed, but it is unclear whether the park compensated them in any way.
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