Thrill seekers at a theme park in the UK got a little more than they bargained for earlier this week when their roller coaster came to a halt very close to the summit.
Eventually, as the images above and below show, they had to be escorted out of the Big One to Blackpool Pleasure Beach – step by step up an open-air steel staircase, near the 213-foot top of the ride.
The Big One was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1994, according to Coaster Grotto.
It has since been largely outdated. The current tallest, Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, is more than twice as high at 456 feet.
But as the Big One footage shows, being stuck in the open air at around 15 stories and having to descend is always quite exciting – so much so that the park actually charges a fee for a visit that takes tourists up the stairs. .
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