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Thorpe Park's Slammer traps riders
Posted by: Webmaster | 30 March 2005 20:48

Thorpe Park's new ride for 2005, which opened Easter Monday, left 38 riders trapped over 50 feet in the air on Tuesday in bad weather after the ride shut down automatically due to a technical fault.

Everyone was bought down safely and given blankets and hot drinks, and were seen by medical staff, but there were no injuries. None of the riders were trapped upside down during the breakdown.

The Slammer, is an S&S; Power Sky Swatter and is the first of its kind in Europe and only the second one in the world, the other is located at Six Flags Astroworld in Texas. The ride features two giant paddles that rotate 360 degrees backwards and forwards around a centre axis. Riders are taken as high as 105 feet in the air and sent free falling back to the ground at speeds up to 30 mph.

The ride remained closed for the rest of the day and was still closed on Wednesday.

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    Members' Comments

    Topic: Thorpe Park's Slammer traps riders
    chupacabras 07-Apr-2005 13:02:28
    I hope it's open when I go on saturday. it looks real intence.

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    eastcliff 25-Apr-2005 11:15:09
    i just thought that it was a waste of time and money in thorpe park, i went last monday and some of the big rides were closed due to faults and to be fair it aint got that many rides there

    henryd 01-Aug-2005 18:18:40
    slammer was great, it was definatley my favourite ride at thorpe park, it has a mixture of collosus, vortex and dentonator and is one of a kind.

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