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Riders trapped face down after USJ roller coaster stalls

Riders trapped face down after USJ roller coaster stalls

The amusement park said the Flying Dinosaur roller-coaster's two carriages stalled midway through the 1,100-metre ride, with riders suspended in a flying position about 30 metres above the ground.

All of the riders were evacuated safely, with no injuries reported, according to a park spokesman.

After the operation of the ride was immediately halted, staff were able to guide stranded passengers back to safety along the rail of the rollercoaster.

The park said the incident was the result of a safety mechanism being triggered by an abnormality in the system.

Passengers are rescued from the stopped Flying Dinosaur rollercoaster at Universal Studios Japan amusement park in Osaka.

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But some visitors were apparently horrified by the incident.

"It's scary to think (about) if we had been on board".

It says the defective part was replaced and the ride resumed on Tuesday night after a test run.

Two hours later, the park was able to re-start the ride, and despite the events that had just transpired, local news outlet Asahi Shimbun claimed there was still a long line of people wanting to get on the ride.

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. "It's already a terrifying ride, so I want them to operate it safely".

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