Four seriously hurt at Alton Towers aboard The Smiler
The Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers was involved in a crash when a vehicle carrying 16 people collided with an empty car at the park at around 2 PM.
Four teenagers were seriously injured with serious leg injuries and were air lifted to local hospitals.
A temporary platform had to be built so emergency crews could reach the injured riders.
Merlin Entertainment, which runs the resort issued this statement about the incident:
“There has been an incident on the Smiler this afternoon involving two carriages coming together on a low section of the track. One of the carriages was empty and the other had 16 guests in.”
“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.”
Merlin Entertainment stated that they will perform a “full investigation once we have recovered the guests who are our priority.”
The Smiler opened in May 2013 and features 14 inversions, the most on any roller coaster in the world.