The Smiler and Saw – The Ride to remain closed in Europe after incident at Alton Towers

The Smiler and Saw - The Ride to remain closed in Europe after incident at Alton Towers

E9FCX2 The Smiler Roller Coaster Ride at Alton Towers Theme Park near Cheadle Staffordshire England United Kingdom UK. Image shot 2014. Exact date unknown.

Merlin Entertainment announced today that both Smiler at Alton Towers, which experienced an accident on Monday injuring four people, and a similar roller coaster at Thorpe Park called Saw- The Ride, will remain closed until further notice as well.  Saw – The Ride is made by Gerstlauer, the company behind The Smiler.

Alton Towers has remained closed since Monday as the park investigates what happened on Monday when two trains aboard The Smiler roller coaster collided.

This is not the first time The Smiler has had issues.  The ride was closed after being open for just two months after a bolt had reportedly fell off the ride near guests.  The ride was also closed in November of 2013 when a wheel guard came loose and struck several riders.

Alton Towers mentioned that they hope to have the park reopened soon, but The Smiler roller coaster will remain closed.

For the latest news and updates, follow the official Alton Towers Twitter handle here.

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @cgamache83

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