Alton Towers to reopen as investigations continue into Smiler crash

The Smiler rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers.
The Smiler rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers.

Alton Towers reopens this morning (Monday), as investigations continue into the cause of a rollercoaster crash at the park which injured 16 people.

The Staffordshire theme park will open at 10am, less than a week after two carriages collided on the Smiler ride.

The accident last Tuesday afternoon injured 16 people, four seriously. Among them was 27-year-old hotel assistant manager Daniel Thorpe, from Harpur Hill in Buxton, who sustained leg and chest injuries.

UPDATED: Buxton man named as one of the four people seriously injured in Alton Towers crash

The other people seriously hurt have been named as Vicky Balch, 19, from Leyland in Lancashire, Joe Pugh, 18, and his girlfriend Leah Washington, 17, both from Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The X-Sector of the theme park - which houses the Smiler, Enterprise and Oblivion - remains closed until further notice. The Spinball ride is also shut until enhanced safety protocols have been implemented.

As investigations into the cause of the crash continue, carriages involved in the accident have been removed and transported to the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton for further analysis.

A prohibition notice has been served on the rollercoaster stopping its use until action is taken to deal with the cause of the failure.

Neil Craig, Head of Operations for HSE in the Midlands said: “The notice is specific to the ‘Smiler’ ride and does not affect other rides at the park. HSE expects the park operator to apply any early learning from the incident to wider risk management at the site.”