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16 stuck in roller coaster mishap

Sixteen thrill seekers were left stranded after a roller coaster malfunctioned on Saturday at Happy Valley in Songjiang District, the fourth mishap at the amusement park in the past three months.

Mega-Lite, one of the park’s most popular roller coasters, stopped suddenly at 10:32am on Saturday, stranding 16 riders for almost 20 minutes before they were offered an emergency stairway to get down. None of the riders were offered compensation.

The operator of the amusement park said a sensor device on the coaster broke off, generating a safety alert that automatically suspends operations.

The roller coaster has about 200 sensor devices and the ride will stop immediately if one of them triggers a safety alert, the park operator said.

The operator said nothing was wrong with the roller coaster. It resumed operation after the sensor was changed.

Mega-Lite reaches a top speed of nearly 100 kilometers per hour.

Extreme temperatures, rain, snow and wet weather can all trigger protective measures, said park officials, adding that there was no plan to launch thorough checks on its other roller coasters.

On July 21, Fireball, a wooden coaster, had two similar breakdowns, stranding more than 30 people.

On September 28, 28 riders were stranded in another breakdown.

The park operator said the breakdowns were all due to sensitive sensors.



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