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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006, 18:03 GMT
Broken ride traps thrill-seekers
Thorpe Park
The Slammer ride opened in 2005 and rotates 360 degrees
More than 40 people had to be rescued after they were trapped for 55 minutes on a ride at Surrey's Thorpe Park.

The Slammer - a "rotary thrill ride" - ground to a halt on Saturday afternoon after developing a technical problem.

The ride operators said an emergency "fail-safe" system immediately kicked in and the ride was righted.

Safety checks are being carried out and the ride will remain closed until the cause of the malfunction is detected, a spokeswoman said.

She said the ride had been checked before the park opened on Saturday morning.

"Like all the rides and attractions at the park this ride undergoes a comprehensive series of pre-opening checks every morning by our experienced engineering team," she said.

Emergency services were called but park staff were able to free the riders.

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