‘The Smiler’ to remain closed for foreseeable future

Friday, 5th June 2015

THE Alton Towers rollercoaster on which four people were seriously injured is to remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future, reports have claimed.

Sky News reported that the Smiler ride would not be operational once the theme park reopens.  At this time it is not clear when the park will reopen for business.

It has however, now been confirmed that the park will remain closed for Saturday.

The park has been closed to the public since Tuesday’s incident – costing owner Merlin Entertainment millions of pounds in lost revenue.

It has also been reported that the Saw ride at Alton Towers’ sister park, Thorpe Park is also to be closed indefinitely.

Merlin is understood to want additional safety protocols and procedures introduced before it is satisfied the rides are safe.

Despite the closure, the Smiler ride is still being promoted on the Alton Towers website.

It states: “Experience the world’s first 14 looping rollercoaster! Not for the faint hearted, The Smiler also features a series of twisted psychological effects, including optical illusions and blinding lights designed to mess with your mind and body.

“You belong to The Smiler

“Not only does The Smiler have a jaw-dropping 14 inversions and plunging 30 metre drops, the ride also features twisted psychological effects to mess with your mind!

“Join us…”

The latest news comes the day after it has emerged that the Emergency Services were not called until 11 minutes after the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash.

Theme park bosses were informed of the accident on Tuesday at 13:57 BST but ambulance crews said the 999 call was not made until 14:08.

Alton Towers said one of its first responders was soon on the scene and security staff would have called 999 as soon as an assessment had been made.

Sixteen people were hurt, four seriously, when the Smiler crashed.

Crews from the West Midlands Ambulance Service arrived on the scene at 14:35 and they called the fire service at 14:41.