'We feared for our lives': Visitors stuck 'hung upside-down' on notorious Smiler ride at Alton Towers
Visitors at Alton Towers theme park have described their shock after becoming stuck on board the Smiler ride on which four people suffered serious injuries two years ago.
Passengers reported being trapped on the ride for as long as 45 minutes while theme park staff investigated a technical fault that had brought the ride to a halt.
The incident brought back memories of the June 2015 crash in which 16 people were injured, including two teenagers who subsequently had legs amputated, while another passenger's knees were shattered and another suffered from a punctured lung and broken leg.
Theme park staff insisted the incident on Monday was due to a minor technical fault and that the safety of guests had not been compromised.
Visitors posted pictures of the scene to social media, showing a number of people stuck in a steep climb.
One poster who recorded the incident on Snapchat said: "Over a year after the accident and they're stuck again!!"
Another image showed a technician climbing stairs to get to those trapped on board while several onlookers recorded videos.
Kate Richards, who was on the ride at the time, told MailOnline: "It was absolutely horrendous.
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"They left us hanging for 46 minutes; it took them 15 minutes to use a tannoy to tell us what the hell was going on.
"No exaggeration; we feared for our lives. The woman in the seat in front of me fully passed out.
"It's not good enough and there must be some serious problems with this ride."
An Alton Towers spokeswoman said: "At 16.26 yesterday The Smiler experienced a temporary stoppage as a result of a sensor detecting a minor technical issue.
"This was completely normal and what the ride, as well as others, are designed to do at theme parks across the world.
"At no point was guest safety compromised."