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A gran with a fear of heights was left petrified after she had to shuffle down the edge of a 60ft high rollercoaster when it broke down.
Liz Hamilton said she “thought she was going to die” after the White Water log flume came to a halt at M&D’s amusement park in Strathclyde Park.
The same ride injured three people earlier this month when the cart they were in slipped backwards due to a mechanical fault.
Liz, 58, was on the ride with her 14 year old granddaughter and great niece and nephew 13 and 15 years respectively, when it stalled on Saturday.
Theme park staff clambered up to the stuck carriage, and ordered Liz and the children to climb out and make their way down the slope.
Liz, from Rutherglen, near Glasgow, said: “I’m still shaken. I suffer from bad anxiety attacks which I take medication for and this has not helped.
“We got up to the top and it just stopped dead.
“At first I thought maybe because it’s the last ride they were just mucking about.
“Then I saw a guy running up and I really panicked. He told me to get out and stand at the side. I said, ‘What do we have to do now?’ And he said, ‘You’ll need to walk down’.
“I don’t like heights, I was on the big wheel and was scared on that. I couldn’t believe we had to walk. We were on the very top bit. I actually went on my backside at one point.”
Her Granddaughter, said: “They asked, ‘Are you good at climbing?’ before we got out.”
Mrs Hamilton's nephew added: “We could have hurt ourselves if we had fallen.”
After they climbed down to safety, Liz was soaked and badly shaken by her ordeal. But she claims staff just ignored their complaints.
Liz said: “They just took us down and that was it.
“My husband had been away for a walk and wondered what had happened. He said they should have offered us free passes.
“I was just concerned about the kids. I’m usually up for a laugh but that wasn’t a laugh.”
Liz spoke to office staff as the park was closing to report the ordeal and was told to contact the manager of the park.
Earlier this month, three 10-year-olds were left shocked and bruised after the log flume – which plunges visitors down a 137ft ravine, with two smaller 65ft drops – malfunctioned twice while they were on board.
Back in August 2011 terrified riders were stuck for more than an hour.
Onlooker, Natasha McDougal, said: “After at least an hour, it looked like it still hadn’t been fixed as people were actually walking down to safety. It was so dangerous. I would never have attempted it.