Wednesday 26 April 2017

Four badly hurt in rollercoaster crash

Gordon Rayner in London

FOUR people were seriously injured when two carriages on a ride collided at Alton Towers amusement park in England.

A spokeswoman said yesterday: “The emergency services including the air ambulance were in attendance assisting resort staff as they work to evacuate those 16 people still on the ride in Staffordshire.

“We can confirm that four guests have sustained serious injuries, and they are being treated at the scene until they can be evacuated. There

will be a full investigation once all the guests have been evacuated, which is our priority.”

The accident involved two carriages – one containing 16 people and the other empty – which came together on a low section of the Smiler rollercoaster track.

James Gay, a visitor to the amusement park who saw the aftermath, questioned why the ride was still open after it had been hit by technical glitches throughout the day.

Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @_ben_jamming of Alton Towers amusement park's Smiler rollercoaster after four people were seriously injured in a collision between two carriages. @_ben_jamming/PA Wire
Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @_ben_jamming of Alton Towers amusement park's Smiler rollercoaster after four people were seriously injured in a collision between two carriages. @_ben_jamming/PA Wire
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @OFFICIALWMAS of the scene at Alton Towers as four teenagers have suffered serious leg injuries in a collision between two carriages on the amusement park's Smiler rollercoaster. West Midlands Ambulance Service/PA Wire
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @OFFICIALWMAS of the scene at Alton Towers as four teenagers have suffered serious leg injuries in a collision between two carriages on the amusement park's Smiler rollercoaster. West Midlands Ambulance Service/PA Wire
The Smiler ride at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, as sixteen people have been involved in a collision between two carriages at Alton Towers amusement park's Smiler attraction. Fabio De Paola/PA Wire
The Smiler ride at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, as sixteen people have been involved in a collision between two carriages at Alton Towers amusement park's Smiler attraction. Fabio De Paola/PA Wire
Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @LeighCurtis_NP of an Air Ambulance in attendance at Alton Towers amusement park after four people were seriously injured in a collision between two carriages on the Smiler rollercoaster. Leigh Curtis/PA Wire

He tweeted: “People were stuck on The Smiler a couple of hours ago, they let the ride stay open and two carriages collide. One carriage empty and one full.

“One person looks badly injured at the front. Alton Towers, when are you closing this ride down for good? The ride had more than one problem today, I wish them all a recovery.”

He added: “It was awful to see, I wanted to climb down and do what I could to help but the response time from the professionals was very quick.”

It was also reported in April 2014 that terrified rollercoaster riders were left trapped around 100 feet in the air after The Smiler ground to a halt at the top of a near vertical section.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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