Four people have been seriously injured in a crash which involved two carriages on the rollercoaster named The Smiler, at Alton Towers.
Sixteen people were in one carriage of the Smiler ride; the other one being empty.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said two men, aged 18 and 27, and two women, aged 19 and 17, suffered “significant lower limb injuries”. They were airlifted to trauma centers in Stoke and Coventry for further treatment.
Alton Towers said all guests in the theme park who were involved were evacuated by 18:35pm.
A director described it as “the most serious incident” in the park’s history!
The passengers were trapped in the carriage for several hours on the ride, about a scary 25ft above the ground.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing “a loud crash” when the crash happened at around 14:09pm
Ben Richardson said: “When the second carriage crashed people were screaming and shouting – even after it stopped. Everyone around the park ran over.
“The people looked significantly distressed. It was almost like a car crash, very full-on.”
Alton Towers said first responders based at the park were on the scene “within minutes”, who was then soon followed by the emergency services.
Hospital trauma team consultants were also brought in to help treat passengers.
Alton Towers has said the park will be closed on Wednesday “following the dreadful incident on The Smiler”.
In a statement the theme park said: “All guests with pre-booked tickets, or those who arrive at the theme park, will have the choice of either having their tickets revalidated for an alternative date or a full refund.”
The Smiler opened in May 2013 and is labelled as the world’s first 14-loop roller-coaster.
It holds the official Guinness World Record for most loops in a roller-coaster, according to the Alton Towers website.
The resort claims it features “a series of twisted psychological effects including optical illusions, blinding lights and near misses designed to mess with your mind”.
There have been several accidents and incidents involving the £18m ride since it opened in May 2013.
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