Rescuers had to build a special platform to reach the stricken ride-goers in a rescue mission last more than four-and-a-half hours. She lost nearly a quarter of her blood while trapped on the ride and had to have emergency blood transfusions as she was taken to hospital. By Sarah Vizard 27 Jul She said she respects that thrillseekers will want to go back on the ride but admitted she will find it difficult to watch.
The prosthetic has allowed her to start exercising again and attempt to return to the life which was shattered by the crash. We have a very strong record of safe operation of our rides here at Alton Towers and it is our priority.
The Smiler crash Advertisement Share or comment on this article: The most serious incident occurred on 2 Junewhen a loaded train collided with an empty test train, causing serious injuries to a number of riders. He added that while some of its brand partners have raised concerns that the negative publicity might impact their businesses they have remained supportive.
Incidents at European amusement parks The ride has been known for a number of significant structural and technical issues since its launch. The thing we are trying to do is the right thing by the people injured as a responsible operator and the right things for this brand and business.
Permission was granted on 15 March following a Staffordshire Moorlands Council meeting, despite some local opposition to its construction. I would like to express my sincerest regret and apology to everyone who suffered injury and distress today and to their families.
However Merlin said it lost significant value from the five-day closure and that visitor numbers at both Alton Towers and Thorpe Park have been down on usual levels ever since. Despite the release, Alton Towers did not announce or confirm the name for the ride.
The aftermath of the crash Vicky now has a hydraulic artificial leg and is able to walk short distances unaided but still has physiotherapy twice a week and does exercises to improve her balance.
We have tried very hard to do the right thing even if it is not the right commercial thing. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Joe also had to be taken to hospital to be treated for severe leg injuries after the metal safety bar on the ride shattered both of his knees on impact.
Describing her feelings about the ride reopening on the anniversary of the crash, Leah admitted: We do not believe there will be improvement over the summer. Everybody has said they agree with that.
The theme park says it has made technical improvements as well as changes to training and has informed the Health and Safety Executive HSE about the reopening.
We are trying not to be too downbeat but it is difficult to call at this time. Merlin said it suspended advertising for its theme parks following the tragedy and that it pulled back from running offers in June although it is ramping up promotional activity through the peak July and August period.
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("ATROL") operates Alton Towers Resort as an agent for and on behalf of Merlin Attractions. After the accident on the Smiler rollercoaster, Merlin closed Alton Towers for five days, temporarily shut other similar rides at Thorpe and Chessington, and stopped marketing, which halted its.
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Watch video · The general manager of Alton Towers has admitted he feels 'personally responsible for injuring people' three years on from the June Smiler crash. Ian Crabbe has worked at the Staffordshire.Download