Saturday 6 June 2015

Alton Towers To Remain Closed For Fifth Day

Alton Towers will remain closed for a fifth day after a crash on a rollercoaster left four people with serious injuries.
The amusement park in north Staffordshire will not reopen on Sunday due to the ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident, officials have confirmed.

Guests with pre-booked tickets have the option to use their tickets tomorrow at an alternative attraction, obtain a full refund or receive alternative dated tickets.
A total of 16 people were injured after the Smiler ride came to an abrupt halt when two carriages collided on Tuesday.
Four of the passengers were seriously hurt, suffering "significant lower limb injuries".
The boss of the park has told Sky News safety measures "weren't adequate" at the attraction.
Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainment, which runs several UK theme parks, said "another layer" of safety was being added to existing rides as a "precaution" against the prospect of another accident.
Merlin has also temporarily shut other rollercoasters: Saw at Merlin's Thorpe Park site, and two rides at Chessington World of Adventures - Dragon's Fury and Rattlesnake.
Meanwhile, lawyers for one of the teenagers seriously injured in the crash said they expect a criminal prosecution to be "seriously considered".
Paul Paxton, a partner at Stewarts Law, said yesterday that 19-year-old Vicky Balch, from Leyland in Lancashire, remains in a "critical" condition in hospital, but this was later downgraded. 
He said on Friday: "Whilst it is anticipated that there will be a substantial claim for damages to support Victoria in her recovery, the main focus at present for the family is Victoria's well-being and ensuring that the investigation into the accident is carried out swiftly and vigorously.

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