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Girl, 5, trapped on board Thomas the Tank Engine ride at Merry Hill

Thomas the Tank Engine will never be the same again for one Black Country youngster – after she became trapped in a themed ride.


The five-year-old girl became stuck in the amusement ride-sized children's television favourite in Dudley's Merry Hill shopping centre after she realised she was too big to get out of the little train – after she had already settled herself in the driver's seat.

Firefighters were sent to her aid about 4.30pm yesterday and arrived at Merry Hill to find the girl stuck in the ride, which is outside the Primark store in the shopping centre.

Crew commander Darren Kendall, based at Brierley Hill Fire Station, said: "She was too old for it really. Once she got in, she couldn't get her legs back out."

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