Alton Towers rollercoaster crash caused by human error, theme park says

The crash on the The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers that seriously injured five people was caused by human error, the theme park’s owner has said.

Merlin Entertainments said the ride would reopen next year after being closed since the crash in June.

Passengers had to be cut free from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital after a carriage carrying 16 passengers collided with an empty one on a low section of the track of the Smiler ride, which can reach speeds of up to 50mph.

Passengers were left trapped more than 20 feet from the ground at an angle of about 45 degrees before they were eventually freed by emergency workers and stretchered away. Some of the passengers sustained life-changing injuries.


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Source news: Theguardian
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