|Passengers trapped on Smiler ride after the crash|
There was a crash on the "The Smiler" rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers amusement park yesterday. The ride is made up of two carriages which move in different directions and the crash happened when one ride carrying 16 passengers / visitors to the park crashed into the second carriage which was stationary and empty at the time. This caused the 16 passengers in the carriage to be trapped 45 feet in the air for more than 4 hours.
The accident happened at about 2pm yesterday and emergency services were called to the scene. They completed the evacuation of the passengers trapped on the ride at about 6.30pm. Four of the passengers rescued from the smiler ride had 'significant limb injuries' and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
|Smiler Ride: Facts|
The £18m, fourteen loop rollercaster ride "The Smiler" opened in 2013, can travel at a speed of 53 miles per hour and its highest drop is 98 feet. The accident is the worst in the ride's history with the last incident in November 2013 when the front wheels of the ride fell off while the ride was in motion with visitors. This is the seventh incident concerning the smiler ride.
An eye witness said the "The Smiler" ride had broken down earlier on yesterday but the passengers were are the bottom of the first hill when the rollercoaster broke down and a train was sent to rescue them.