Alton Towers theme park is closed until further notice while an investigation continues into a serious rollercoaster accident.
Two carriages on The Smiler yesterday collided and left four people with serious injuries and one victim reportedly lost a leg, although not confirmed.
A full investigation into the crash involving the Health and Safety Executive is under way and today (3rd June) Alton Towers is closed.
Nick Varney, Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainments, said on arrival at Alton Towers, yesterday: “This has been a terrible incident and a devastating day for everyone here.
“I would like to express my sincerest regret and apology to everyone who suffered injury and distress today and to their families.”
He continued: “The safety of our visitors is our primary concern. The Park will remain closed until we understand better the cause of this dreadful incident. I would like to thank the emergency services for their swift and effective response today – they were outstanding.
“A full investigation is now underway and we will continue to work closely with the emergency services and the Health and Safety Executive.”
Two men aged 27 and 18, a woman aged 19 and a 17-year-old girl suffered very serious leg injuries during the crash. One victim has reportedly lost a leg.