A carriage carrying sixteen passengers was involved in a collision on Alton Tower’s popular attraction Smiler today.
At this moment in time it is unclear why the full carriage smashed into an empty one at 14:09. A spokesperson for the theme park in Staffordshire confirmed that their first aid staff were on the scene immediately and were soon supplemented by an air ambulance and other emergency services.
Merlin Entertainment, responsible for the management of the park, released a statement saying that:
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.Advertisement
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.
@_ikkin_ people unconscious knocked out… Blood everywhere it really was shocking
— Danny Simm (@DannySimm) June 2, 2015
@livviixo people unconscious on the ride with faces smashed in and blood everywhere… I think it will be closed for a while
— Danny Simm (@DannySimm) June 2, 2015Advertisement
The ride, which holds the Guinness World Record for the most loops in a rollercoaster, is described on the Alton Towers website as featuring “blinding lights and near misses designed to mess with your mind.”