Update on Alton Towers smiler crash

November 24, 2015, 5:51 AM

Hi Folks,

The Guardian has a breaking news announcement Re the crash on the Smiler earlier this year:

>>>The crash on the The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers which seriously injured five people was caused by “human error”, the theme park’s owner has said.

>>>Merlin Entertainments said the ride will re-open next year after being closed since the crash in June.

I think more information is still incoming.


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November 24, 2015, 7:02 AM

Some more details have been added to the story:

>>In a statement on Tuesday, the theme park owner said: “The investigation concluded that the incident was the result of human error culminating in the manual override of the ride safety control system without the appropriate protocols being followed.

>>“The investigation also identified areas where protocols and the training of employees should be improved. There were found to be no technical or mechanical problems with the ride itself.”

>>It added that Alton Towers had introduced a number of new safety measures across all its multi-car rollercoasters since the accident.

>>When the Smiler reopens next year it will include new safety measures including additional CCTV cameras and an enhanced safety process requiring a senior member of staff to authorise the manual overrides that caused the Smiler crash.

November 24, 2015, 1:26 PM

I think that it was obviously human error. The public doesn't get that, but if you learn about how coasters work it's compleatly obvious. It wasn't Merlin's fault. It wasn't the manufacturer's fault. It was compleatly human error.

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