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Alton Towers Rollercoaster Closed After Four Hit By Wheels

Second Closure Due To Falling Parts


An investigation was launched this weekend after four people were struck by wheels which fell off The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers.

Guide wheels detached from the attraction during a circuit on Saturday (2 November), with those struck by the debris being cared for by park staff and no treatment being required from ambulance staff.

It is the latest incident to hit the 14-loop ride, which opened in May following a closure in July after a piece fell off the track which left a number of people stuck on the ride.

A spokeswoman for the theme park apologised for any disappointment but added that “the health and safety of all of our visitors is our absolute priority”.

Earlier this year, a man suffered a fractured ankle and ten others were checked for injuries after a fairground ride known as The X Scream collapsed at a funfair in St Neots.