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Roller coaster accident at Alton Towers injures dozens

2006-07-20

By Robert Niles: Three people were hospitalized after a wreck on the Runaway Mine Train at the U.K.'s Alton Towers theme park this morning.

Two of the injured were airlifted to local hospitals while a third was taken by ambulance. Others were treated at the scene. The BBC has more details.

In a rather ironic accident the Runaway Mine Train literally ran away, as the some cars in the train seperated from the rest. The lead cars rolled back and collided with the remaining cars.

The ride remains closed pending investigation.

Readers' Opinions

From Chris P. on July 20, 2006 at 10:02 AM
Wow, sounds like something you would only see on Rollercoaster Tycoon.
From Chuck Campbell on July 20, 2006 at 7:31 PM
No, if it were Rollercoaster Tycoon, the headline would say "30 people were killed on Runaway Mine Train!"

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