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Published on : Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Officials reported that a roller coaster car crashed with an empty car Tuesday at a UK theme park, four people were seriously injured. The crash took place on “The Smiler” at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire.
According to a statement from the park, 16 people were on the ride. Everyone was evacuated, and the four with serious injuries were flown to regional hospitals for treatment.
Chief executive of Merlin Entertainments, Nick Varney, said, “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.”
Varney said that the cause of the crash was not immediately clear, and a full investigation was underway.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, the national regulator for fairgrounds, it was sending a team of specialist inspectors to Alton Towers on Wednesday to start an investigation.