Riders left dangling on Alton Towers roller coaster

Nearly 30 people were this afternoon stuck dangling from a roller coaster that broke down at Alton Towers

The passengers were heard screaming and shouting for help when they got stuck on the first hill.

Air Galactica came to a halt at 2pm this afternoon before the ride was eventually re-started. It is believed to have been affected by flooding.

A member of staff was seen climbing up to reassure the people on the ride which only re-opened in March after being refurbished.

Officials at Alton Towers told visitors the ride had been ‘flooded’ and it is now closed.

‘We were standing underneath it when the ride stopped and all the passengers were screaming and crying, they sounded terrified,’ said Kate Smythe, who was there with her family.

‘We were told the ride had flooded and I wonder if the electrics shorted in the rain.’

The 20-metre high ride was previously known as Air and has been re-furbished for this season.

Last month the Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers re-opened after being closed for nine months following a crash that left two teenagers needing leg amputations.

Several others were injured when their carriage slammed into a stationary one.