Alton Towers park remains closed in wake of collison

A theme park has reorganised its corporate events after a rollercoaster crash that left four people seriously injured.

A total of 16 people needed medical treatment at the Alton Towers Resort when the carriage they were in on The Smiler ride collided with an empty carriage.

The accident left people trapped 7.6m high at an angle of 45 degrees for up to four-and-a-half hours.

The Staffordshire amusement park said that officials from the Health and Safety Executive remain on the site as they continued to co-operate with the investigation.

Merlin Entertainments, which runs the resort, is reported to have lost just under £1.5 million in the three days since the collision.

Rachael Cotton, head of trade and corporate sales at Alton Towers Resort said: “Following the Smiler incident on Tuesday 2 June, the theme park will remain closed on Friday, 5 June. The remainder of Alton Towers Resort is open. All corporate bookings which were due to use the theme park as part of their event have opted to relocate to alternative venues within the resort and have used the Waterpark and Tree Top Quest as alternative areas for team building activities. Alton Towers Resort has also provided delegates with two complimentary open-dated theme park tickets to return when the theme park re-opens.”

 

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