Despite the low probability, rollercoasters have been host to a number of devasting incidents. | 22 Words

Yesterday, a rollercoaster in the UK broke down forcing passengers to climb 60ft down to the bottom.

And it's safe to say people's stomachs have been churning at the sight...

Many of us love a good rollercoaster.

Amusement parks attract millions of visitors, all waiting to embark on the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.

Do any of us actually know why we like them so much?

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Being catapulted into the sky upside down at high speeds doesn't exactly sound appealing when you put it into words.

Some of us even force our friends to go on them with us...

We all know the feeling of either trying to desperately convince a friend to go on your favorite ride with you because it's "not as bad as they think," or, on the flip side, being that unfortunate friend who has reluctantly agreed to embark on a nightmarish rollercoaster just to be a people-pleaser.

Either way, we all know that there are risks.

Relatively speaking, the odds of them breaking down, causing injury, or generally having disastrous consequences are pretty slim.

Despite the low probability, rollercoasters have been host to a number of devasting incidents.

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From life-changing injuries, horrifying crashes, and even death, a split decision to strap into a rollercoaster has caused devastation to people's lives.

In 2019, a ride in an Indian amusement park snapped in half...

Twenty-four-year-old, Manali Rajwadi, and twenty-two-year-old, Mohammed Javed, lost their lives after a ride at the Kankaria Adventure Park in India snapped in half, sending the bottom half of the ride crashing down.

Twenty-six other riders were immediately rushed to hospital once they were broken free from their straps.

The consequences were heartbreaking.

What started off as a fun day out ended so terribly. An investigation has since been launched to determine the cause of the tragic crash.

Over in the U.K., a theme park crash 6 years ago also had horrendous consequences.

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When "The Smiler" ride at Alton Towers theme park in the U.K. crashed after hitting an empty carriage, it severely injured 5 people and caused 2 women - Victoria Balch and Leah Washington - to have their legs amputated.

The horrific crash was deemed human error.

According to the BBC, staff at the park misunderstood a shutdown message and wrongly restarted the ride. No technical or mechanical issues were found with the ride itself.

The ride has since re-opened.

Because the devasting crash was caused by human error, in 2016, the ride was deemed safe to be re-opened to the public again.

And now another ride in the U.K. has broken down...

The Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach broke down yesterday, forcing riders to climb down from an incredible height.

And it has horrified people online...


The wooden, twin-track ride broke leaving riders 60ft up.

Staff at the park climbed to the top to help riders out of their seats and escort them back down the tracks.

It is estimated around thirty people were on the ride at the time, among those a 5-year-old boy.

"At 11.55am on Tuesday, a stoppage occurred on the lift hill of the Grand National," a spokesman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said, The Sun reports.

"All riders were safely escorted down the lift hill, and the ride was checked and re-opened just before 1pm. Shortly afterwards there was a very brief stoppage on the Big One lift hill, at 50ft, riders remained seated and the ride continued after five minutes."

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