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The Smiler Incident 02/06/2015

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Breaking news just on the BBC, two Smiller trains/carriages have crashed into each other on The Smiler today, no other confirmed details other than the site/area is being evacuated and an Air Ambulance is on site.

Will post links when available.

Edit: Alton Towers statement one carriage was empty and the other had 16 passengers on, collision was on a low section of track at slow speed, read into that what you will.

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The buck here, is probably gonna end up on Gerstlauer's door... The ride system should be working out itself that the block is still full with a valley...

 

Not good at all...

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I think this is the worst incident I have heard so far for a uk theme park since the Hydro tragedy 11 years ago, hope everyone is okay!

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This is terrible, forget when something this major happened at a UK park, but just hope everyone is ok.

On a less important note, was going to do a lift walk on Smiler this Saturday, but that's obviously off now, not sure what to do

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Not trying to cause an argument but maybe try and show a bit more respect to the 4 people injured. Complaining about your lift walk maybe isn't appropriate.

No ride system should ever allow a collision. I hope Gerst get some serious investigating on how this was allowed to happen.

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Crikey, this is awful.  Really hope none of the injuries are life-changing / lasting.

 

This is going to really affect the park as well.  Let's just hope the cause of this is found quickly and any issues can been resolved.

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The only positive is that the first train was empty.

 

I feel that if the first train wasn't empty this wouldn't have happened...

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Not good news, hope everyone is ok. 4 people are seriously injured apparently.

 

What I don't understand is why a car was running empty when it had a queue? Was there a problem with this car, hense why it crashed? 

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Trains can be sent round empty for a number of reasons, and empty trains are prone to stalling there

 

Bottom line, if the block system was working correctly the collision wouldn't have happened...

 

Unless it was over-ridden by an engineer etc

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There are a couple of not nice looking pictures coming through, certainly hop everyone is ok and that is the most important thing.

This shouldnt be able to happen empty or not, I can't quite understand how it has.

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I think it's safe to assume the worst injured are sitting in the front, I don't think it's being insensitive to talk about things.

The guy on Sky News isn't doing them any favours though, reading of wiki and making stuff up (80 people stuck on a ride doesn't sound plausible tbh).

They're now interviewing a guy on Sky who is at the park, he's saying something to the effect that he got stuck on the smiler earlier and the ride team sent another car round while they were stuck, this was about 3 hours before the actual accident.

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I feel that if the first train wasn't empty this wouldn't have happened...

 

Well you could just say this wouldn't have happened if the ride hadn't broken down so it didn't have be tested after with empty trains but there you go.

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