Hong Kong Disneyland roller coaster breaks down, 12 rescued

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In Hong Kong Disneyland, 12 thrill seekers they found each other stranded on the iconic rollercoaster Hyperspace Mountain as he came to a sudden stop.

Authorities swung into action when police and firefighters rushed to the scene following a call for help at exactly 3:16pm local time (2:16pm Thai time) this afternoon.

Despite the harrowing situation, there are no reports of injuries, and there is no smoke or fire to add to the drama, the police spokeswoman confirmed.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to rescue the stranded passengers. With precision and efficiency, the last of the 12 people was safely evacuated by 16:16 local time, according to fire service representatives.

Located near Hong Kong’s busy international airport, the theme park became a hive of activity, with around 40 firefighters dispatched to the rescue, Rappler reported.

However, amid the chaos, silence prevailed from Disney DIS.Na, as requests for comment went unanswered.

In related news, an Air Canada flight bound for Bangkok was forced to make an emergency diversion to Hong Kong after a passenger on board fell ill. Air Canada’s Boeing 787, which flies between Vancouver and Bangkok, declared an alert on February 4, causing it to be diverted to Hong Kong. Flight AC65, a routine scheduled service, normally operates between Vancouver and Bangkok and was operated by aircraft with the registration C-FRSE.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government introduced a measure allowing diagonal pedestrian crossings at selected intersections. The first pilot project, launched on January 31, is located at the busy intersection of Sha Kok Street and Yat Tai Street in Sha Tin. This move, aimed at simplifying pedestrian traffic, drew applause from citizens eager to reduce waiting times at traffic lights.

At the intersection of Sha Kok Street and Yat Tai Street, a wave of pedestrians crossing the road diagonally was observed. The implementation of the diagonal crossing has met with great approval, eliminating the frustrating wait at traffic lights that often lasts several minutes.

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