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Accident Leads to Health & Safety Investigation at Alton Towers

Alton Towers, one of the most popular theme parks in the United Kingdom, temporarily closed its doors earlier this week following a major accident, which brought in to question the safety of park-goers.

Four people were hurt after a crash on ‘The Smiler’ rollercoaster, the investigation remains on-going with HSE inspectors still at the park.

The ride's carriages have now been removed from the park and taken away to an HSE facility to be further analysed.

At this time, the cause of the terrible accident is still to be determined.

Commenting, Neil Craig, who is the HSE Head of Operations in the Midlands, stated:

“This was a major incident and members of the public have suffered serious injuries. It meets the criteria for an HSE investigation and our inspectors were at Alton Towers yesterday to begin making inquiries.

“We have assembled a team of specialist inspectors and technical investigators and they will be on site today to continue our investigation.

“Our role is to establish the facts. We will want to determine that those responsible for operating this ride have done what the law requires. We will also ensure that if there are any lessons to be learned they are shared as soon as possible.

“Although the investigation is in its early stages, we will take action to protect the public if we uncover evidence that could affect the safety of other rides at the park or elsewhere.”

The HSE has also unveiled details of 32 ‘incidents’, which have taken place at the English-based park over the last three years. These ‘incidents’ cover accidents as well as ‘dangerous occurrences’.

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