Today at Alton Towers Resort two of The Smiler’s trains collided. One of the carriages was empty and the other contained 16 passengers.

 

(15:11) Statement from Alton Towers: “There has been an incident on The Smiler this afternoon involving two carriages coming together on a low section of the track.
The Resort’s fully qualified First Responders were on the scene immediately to assist with the evacuation which is ongoing, and the area has now been closed to allow for access to emergency services vehicles. TO ensure us to proceed more quickly.
There will be a full investigation once we have recovered the guests who are our priority.”

(16:22) The West Midlands Ambulance Service, which was called to the scene, has now made a statement.

It says: “Four teenagers, two males and two females, suffered serious leg injuries in the incident and are receiving treatment as we speak.

“The other twelve occupants of the ride are not thought to be seriously injured. We still have a number of resources at the scene.”

Steve Parry, a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said he was unable to confirm reports that one person had died.

(22:56) Statement from Alton Towers Resort: 

At 14.00 on 2nd June an incident occurred on the The Smiler ride at Alton
Towers Resort.

Emergency services were on the scene almost immediately along with the
community first responders who worked closely with Resort staff to evacuate
the 16 people on the ride. Everybody involved was fully evacuated by 18.35
and the Emergency Services and Alton Towers’ experienced care team were on
hand to look after them. Four people with serious injuries were treated at
the scene and are now in hospital. Relatives of all those involved have
also been contacted.

Nick Varney, Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainments, said on arrival at
Alton Towers:

This has been a terrible incident and a devastating day for everyone here. I
would like to express my sincerest regret and apology to everyone who
suffered injury and distress today and to their families.

The safety of our visitors is our primary concern. The Park will remain
closed until we understand better the cause of this dreadful incident. I
would like to thank the emergency services for their swift and effective
response today – they were outstanding. A full investigation is now
underway and we will continue to work closely with the emergency services
and the Health and Safety Executive.”

(15.25) Statement from Alton Towers: 

At 14.00 on 2nd June an incident occurred on The Smiler ride at Alton Towers Resort. This involved two carriages on a low section of the track.  One of the carriages was empty and the other had 16 guests in it and was travelling at approximately 20 miles per hour.

Our community first responders were on the scene within minutes. Due to the location of the incident on the ride it was necessary to build a platform in order to begin evacuation. Alton Towers staff began construction immediately which enabled the emergency services to reach those involved as soon as they arrived at the scene.

Four people with serious injuries were treated at the scene and transferred to hospital.  The 12 others involved were fully evacuated by 18.35 and the Emergency Services and Alton Towers’ experienced care team were on hand to look after them.  Of these, one other was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure and has now been discharged.

Alton Towers Resort is currently making contact with the families of all those involved and will continue to communicate with them.

The Health and Safety Executive remain on site and Alton Towers is co-operating fully with their investigation. The theme park will remain closed on Thursday 4th June. Anybody with pre-booked tickets for Alton Towers tomorrow will be able to visit Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Warwick Castle or Legoland Windsor as an alternative.

Commenting, Nick Varney, Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainments, owners of Alton Towers Resort:

“This has been a terrible incident and a devastating day for everyone here. We have a very strong record of safe operation of our rides here at Alton Towers and it is our priority.  I would like to express my sincerest regret and apology to everyone who suffered injury and distress today and to their families.  I would like to thank the emergency services and my own teams for their swift and effective response yesterday – they were outstanding.  A full investigation is now underway and we will continue to work closely with the emergency services and the Health and Safety Executive to better understand the cause of this terrible accident.”

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