Saturday 25 February 2017

Four seriously injured in rollercoaster collision at Alton Towers

Alex Diaz

Sixteen people have been involved in a collision between two carriages on an attraction at the Alton Towers amusement park in England

It involved two carriages - one containing 16 guests and the other empty - which came together on a low section of the Smiler attraction track.

An air ambulance has arrived on the scene to deal with potential casualties.

An Alton Towers spokeswoman said: "The resort's fully qualified first responders were on the scene immediately to assist with the evacuation which is ongoing, and the area has been closed to allow for access to emergency services vehicles.

"To ensure the safe and timely evacuation of guests a platform is being constructed. This will take a few minutes but will enable us to proceed more quickly.

"There will be a full investigation once we have recovered the guests who are our priority."

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
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
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
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

West Midlands Ambulance Service said that they were called to the resort at 2.09pm to reports that a carriage had collided with a stationary one.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "There are 16 patients on board The Smiler requiring triage, four of which have reported serious injuries.

"Ambulance staff and medics are working quickly with resort staff to gain access to the seriously injured."

The Smiler opened in May 2013 and is billed as the world's first 14 loop rollercoaster.

It holds the official Guinness World Record for most loops in a rollercoaster, according to the Alton Towers website.

The resort claims that it features "a series of twisted psychological effects including optical illusions, blinding lights and near misses designed to mess with your mind".

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