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Movieworld Doomsday ride stuck 14 riders upside down for several minutes

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More than a dozen riders were left dangling upside down 21 metres in the air after a ride at Movieworld stopped half way through, one traumatised rider has said.

Amy Smith was on the Doomsday Destroyer ride on Sunday with her 10-year-old niece, sister and brother in law when, just before 4pm, it stopped moving while they were upside down.

A Movieworld spokesperson told news.com.au an issue with the ride’s sensor caused it to stop for one minute and 54 seconds.

The theme park said it was a “routine stoppage and at no time were guests in any danger”.

The group, who were photographed in the compromising position by Ms Smith’s anxious mum from the ground, were scared about how long they would be stuck there. They were also concerned for the screaming young children on the ride without an adult.

Ms Smith told news.com.au the riders were left with bloodshot eyes and headaches following the ordeal.

“Halfway through the ride it stopped while we were up in the air and we were just left upside down with no explanation,” Ms Smith said.

“There was two quite little girls behind us that were crying and screaming.”

She claimed the ride operator told them she had never seen the ride stop like that before and she was unsure how long the passengers would be stuck.

“My niece was very scared,” Ms Smith said.

“We were really worried about how they would get us out because we were upside down, and we didn’t really know how long you can actually stay upside down.”

Four maintenance workers eventually came running over to the ride and one of them was able to manually let the ride down slowly.

“The ride was closed down for the rest of the day,” she said.

Ms Smith said staff offered no explanation nor any medical assistance.

They were offered readmission passes which were redundant given the family already have annual passes.

The group of four had all experienced neck pain and headaches since the incident, Ms Smith said, adding her sister was booked in to see a doctor for related issues on Wednesday.

“Everybody’s faces were bright red and their eyes were bloodshot,” she said.

Ms Smith has warned other parents about allowing their kids on the ride without an adult.

“That’s not really something a little kid should be going through, like my niece is only 10,” she said.

A Movieworld spokesperson told news.com.au an issue with the ride’s sensor caused it to stop for one minute and 54 seconds.

“Late on Sunday, the Doomsday Destroyer’s safety operating system automatically engaged as a result of a sensor activation. Our team were in communication with the guests throughout the brief stoppage, which was less than two minutes,” they said.

“This was a routine stoppage and at no time were guests in any danger and we did not receive any reports of any injuries. At Village Roadshow Theme Parks the safety and wellbeing of our guests is our highest priority.”

Keep the conversation going, email brooke.rolfe@news.com.au

Story Credit: news.com.au

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