DRAMATIC footage has emerged of the moments after the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash which has left four teenagers with serious but not life-threatening.
The footage shows a train on the ride rolling backwards, as one man is heard pleading for the ride to be stopped.
Loud screams can be heard and a person shouting: “Stop this f***ing ride!” A man then says: “I thought that ain’t gonna happen… F***ing hell”.
The front end of the carriage carrying the injured passengers can be seen pushing into the back end of the empty carriage.
The two carriages then move backwards and forwards together as passengers scream for “help”.
Witnesses have reported the air ambulance landing inside the park and seeing “blood everywhere”, with some of the passengers reportedly unconscious.
WARNING: Strong language. This footage appears to show aftermath of Smiler crash
This evening a press conference held at Alton Towers was told that the most serious injuries suffered by four teenagers were not life-threatening.
Two of the teenagers have been taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital and two to University Hospital Coventry after receiving emergency treatment in a well underneath the ride and then being winched up to waiting ambulance crews.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Of the 16 occupants on board the ride, two teenage boys and two teenage girls, have sustained serious leg injuries.
“A platform has been built up in order for emergency services to reach the occupants on the ride who are approximately 25 feet up in the air at an angle of about 45 degrees.
“Our HART paramedics, doctors, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Alton Towers’ rope rescue staff are working at height to carefully release and treat the four seriously injured teenagers. The 12 other occupants on the ride are said to have suffered minor injuries and it’s hoped that they will be discharged from the scene.
“Once released from the ride, all four seriously injured teenagers will be airlifted to major trauma centres at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.”
Alton Towers has set up a helpline for concerned relatives on 0800 230 0770.
The Smiler opened in May 2013 – and the ride was affected by two incidents within the space of just six months.
Two months after it opened, in July, a metal bolt fell off the ride – leaving a gap in the track. Some 48 people had to be rescued.
Then, in November 2013, passengers sitting in the front seats of the ride were hit when several of the rollercoaster’s wheels fell off.
Sky News states that this appears to be the seventh incident since The Smiler opened to the public which has led to the rollercoaster being closed for repairs, reviews or accidents.
The resort claims the ride features “a series of twisted psychological effects including optical illusions, blinding lights and near-misses designed to mess with your mind”.
It can travel at top speeds of 53mph, and its highest drop is 98ft. In total, the 3,838ft ride lasts for nearly three minutes.
Tamworth Informed wish to pass on their thoughts to all involved and hope for speedy recoveries.