Alton Towers have announced the park will remain closed tomorrow (6th June) for the fourth day in a row, following Tuesday’s Smiler crash.
The crash involved two carriages on a low section of the track. One of the carriages was empty and the other had 16 guests in it and was travelling at approximately 20 miles per hour, a statement from the park revealed.
Four people with serious injuries were treated at the scene on Tuesday and transferred to hospital. The 12 others involved were fully evacuated by 18.35 and the Emergency Services and Alton Towers’ experienced care team were on hand to look after them.
It has been reported that Alton Towers bosses waited 11 minutes before calling an ambulance after the crash – and 44 minutes before anyone called the fire brigade, The Sun reported. It has also been reported that the Resort closure is costing the park £500,000 a day.
Alton Towers have released this statement today: “Due to the ongoing investigation into the incident on The Smiler earlier this week, Alton Towers Theme Park will remain closed tomorrow – Saturday 6th June.”
Following The Smiler’s closure, Merlin Entertainment have closed three other riders around the UK: Dragon’s Fury and Rattlesnake at Chessington World of Adventures and the Saw ride at Thorpe Park.
Alton Towers also 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.
“Any guests who have pre-booked tickets also have the option to use their tickets tomorrow at one of the following attractions: Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures or LEGOLAND Windsor. You will need to present your Alton Towers tickets at the attractions admission kiosks to gain entry.”