Flamingoland (Yorkshire, England) is home to the steepest roller coaster in the World in the S&S Power-designed Mumbo Jumbo. Unfortunately, the rides’ ultra-steep 112 degree drop wasn’t the scariest part of the ride a few riders last week. During their ride, the car they were riding in became stuck. It just so happened to get stuck while they were upside-down some 50 feet in the air.
I’ve been stuck on lift hills a few times, but never in the middle of a ride like this. I try to explain to people that it’d be very unlikely for a looping roller coaster to get stuck during a loop, but this is an odd case of when it can actually happen. Somehow a poncho caused the car to get stuck. I’m assuming it became wedged between the car’s wheels and the track. After 20 minutes the riders were safely rescued. See more images and read the full news story at the Daily Mail.
Getting stuck upside down on a roller coaster has still got to be pretty rare. I just can’t say that it doesn’t happen anymore. Read about past roller coaster accidents. For American readers, Mumbo Jumbo is similar to Indiana Beach’s Steel Hawg.
What’s Your Take?
Have you ridden Mumbo Jumbo or similar coaster Steel Hawg? Have you ever been stuck on a roller coaster? What do you think about the accident? Leave a comment below. Photo Credit: Daily Mail – North News