Stray guest causes safety incident on Oblivion

A guest at Alton Towers caused a major safety incident when he entered the underground section of the Oblivion rollercoaster on Tuesday.

Eyewitness accounts reported a man as climbing over the safety fences and emerging on a ledge where the ride track enters the ground (see picture below).

Unverified reports have claimed that he waded through the water feature at the opposite end where the track emerges from an underground tunnel – which he passed completely through, emerging as shown below.

This website understands that several trains passed through the area, although staff stopped dispatching the vehicles in time to prevent possible injury to the individual.

Police confirmed that a 20-year-old man was taken into custody following the incident.

Kevin Treacy of Staffordshire Police said: “The man was not injured and was arrested for causing a public nuisance.”

Safety procedures

The X Sector area of the park was closed off by staff, and people already in the area were reportedly moved on.

The BBC has quoted a spokesman for Alton Towers as saying: “As with all our rides the area surrounding the Oblivion track is securely fenced off and ride operators reacted immediately in line with our well-rehearsed safety procedures.

“A full investigation will now be carried out,” they added.

He was rescued by three fire crews after more than 90 minutes and taken to hospital nearby as a precaution.

Oblivion is expected to operate as normal on Wednesday.

9 Comments on "Stray guest causes safety incident on Oblivion"

  1. Ha ha ha…all those drones in the queue…and those ones who were sitting on the ride and about to launch, but then had to climb out again and find the back of another queue to join! Ha ha ha ha ha!

  2. that’s mad

  3. perhaps he was under the influence of alcohol given that he was confused afterwards…

  4. The ride should of hit him I hate people who do these sort of things. Spoiling other peoples fun.

    we were standing around deciding if we wanted to go on the small rides there, and I saw a guy climbing up the wire fence. His trousers we were soaking wet as he’d gone through the pond, and we watched in shock as he pulled himself over the fence, lower himself down the flimsy wires, his shoe fell off as he tried to find a foothold. At this point the ride was still active and if a car had come out as he was lowering himself, who knows what would have happened?????????????????????????????????

    we were just so frozen and shocked, we were looking round to see if anyone else was seeing what we were seeing, and we started shouting. Then we saw him lower himself a bit further and just drop down the hole!!!!!
    we were panicking like mad trying to alert the staff to stop the ride. when we found someone to tell it took ages for them on the phone to beleive what we’d seen and after a few cars had gone round, eventually the ride was stopped.

    there was loads of people gathering round, and it took a very very long time for 2 security guards to come running down. these guys clearly weren’t prepared for any kind of rapid response, when they eventually got to the oblivion hole, they had no key to get though the gate. the first guy who seemed a bit more in shape was able to clamber over the security gate, and after his large companion realised he couldnt get rhough, he very comically hauled himself over.

    about 10 minutes later, one of the staff members came to inform us that they had foudn the guy down there, he wasn’t injured, but he was very ‘confused’.

    so who knows what happened?????????????? it was mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. OMG!!!!! WHY????? Would this man do that…complete twat!!!

  7. Angela | 8 May 2012 at 21:21 |

    People who act irresponsibly, putting riders, staff and themselves at risk should be BANNED from every theme park for LIFE. This should apply to any parks abroad too. At the very least it’s massively inconvenient to those who paid to enjoy the rides. At worst, someone dies. Total idiot!!

  8. what a complete dick

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