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06/28/15 at 09:24pm in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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Another Smiler crash victim had to have her leg amputated.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...-limb.html
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06/28/15 at 09:45pm in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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Alton Towers has such a genius marketing team.

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07/31/15 at 05:52pm in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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Merlin's UK parks, especially Alton Towers, are taking a major attendance hit over the Smiler accident last month. Alton Towers is even closing early at 5 pm on some days. I have a friend in Leicester that went about a week ago and she told me the park was absolutely dead and said it was kind of eerie to see it so quiet and empty in the middle of summer when it's usually packed.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7ec235b0-3481-...z3hVXGJYFq

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...there.html
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08/01/15 at 06:09am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes (Latest Edit: 08/01/15 at 06:11am by Zachary.)
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This news is truly tragic and makes me far more depressed than it should.

The spiteful, vengeful side of me really hopes Gerstlauer goes under from this, the New Texas Giant incident, etc. They've clearly made huge mistakes over the last few years that are ruining the reputation of a couple parks and are causing the general public to question whether or not they're safe on roller coasters in general. That is a disaster scenario for the entire industry. It's time to lob off the infected appendage in order to show the general public that safty really is priority number one—that parks won't buy from a company whose safty record is anything but stellar.

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08/01/15 at 08:05am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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Yet parks still buy Intamin products like candy... And Togo in the 80s.

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08/01/15 at 08:49am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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I feel like Intamin is more known for its lack of reliability opposed to safety.

Gerstlauer seems to stay in business due to the fact they sell "cheaper" rides to smaller parks. (i.e Adventureland's 2016 project.)
It's been some time since they've dipped into the larger amusement market.

I'm with you, Zach. If a company is manufacturing rides that puts a parks reputation at stake, off with their heads.
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08/02/15 at 01:26am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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(08/01/15 08:49am)John Wrote:  I feel like Intamin is more known for its lack of reliability opposed to safety.

Huh?

Since 1999, Intamin has a gross track record of either killing or severely injuring people on everything from water rides to drop towers to coasters. They are definitely known more for their lack of safety than reliability.
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08/02/15 at 04:23am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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I wonder how long it would take to gather stats on ride injuries by manufactuer. I can imagine Intamin has more injuries overall, but they also have the largest portfolio of rides from any manufacturer. Gerstlauer not so much.
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08/02/15 at 04:18pm in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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I think some much time has past in regards to Intamin that people start to forget and they only remember how insanely intense Intamin coasters are so they continue to ride them/buy them.

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08/03/15 at 02:40am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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I really hope Alton Towers weathers this tragedy. They're currently being absolutely mullered in the UK press, natch.

Speaking of Intamin and safety, I recently visited my new "home away from home park", Oakwood Park in Wales, where there is an Intamin giant flume ride, once called "Hydro" now called "Drenched", upon which there was a restraint-failure death in 2004, and a scary lift-chain snap incident last year...
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08/03/15 at 06:47am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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(08/03/15 02:40am)Jonquil Wrote:  Speaking of Intamin and safety, I recently visited my new "home away from home park", Oakwood Park in Wales, where there is an Intamin giant flume ride, once called "Hydro" now called "Drenched", upon which there was a restraint-failure death in 2004, and a scary lift-chain snap incident last year...

That was the second death on that water ride model. The first happened in Sept 2001 on Perilous Plunge at Knotts Berry Farm.
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08/23/15 at 01:46pm in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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Human error caused this accident.

So to those of you on this thread who blamed Gerstlauer, are they still at fault?!?!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...riage.html

Quote:Two workers quizzed over 'human error ' in Alton Towers horror: Engineer turned off automatic safety lock then operator let truck slam into stalled carriage

• Failure to follow basic safety procedures led to devastating accident
• Staff are still working at the park while criminal investigation underway
• Raises questions about the safety features on the Smiler and other rides

By NICK CRAVEN FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 17:56 EST, 22 August 2015 | UPDATED: 07:19 EST, 23 August 2015


Two staff from Alton Towers are under investigation over the horrific Smiler ride crash that seriously injured four people, including two young women who each lost a leg.

The Mail on Sunday has learned that human error and a failure to follow basic safety procedures led to the devastating accident.

An engineer overrode an automatic safety lock, allowing the ride operator to send the carriage full of people careering into an empty vehicle that had ‘stalled’ further down the track.

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Our revelations – particularly the fact that staff are able to perform manual overrides at all – will raise disturbing questions about the safety features on the Smiler and other rides.

This newspaper understands that despite the blunder, both employees involved are still working at the park, though in different roles, while a criminal investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is under way.

Student Leah Washington, 18, had her left leg amputated after the collision on June 2. Boyfriend Joe Pugh, 18, had both knees smashed. Dancer Vicky Balch, 20, had her right leg amputated below the knee three weeks afterwards.

Sources at the Staffordshire theme park told this newspaper how problems earlier in the day on the Smiler had resulted in an engineer being called.

These accounts tally with our exclusive interviews with Leah and Joe, who both recalled boarding a carriage when they reached the head of the queue, then being asked to disembark so the vehicle could be sent round without passengers.

Crucially, that empty carriage never completed a circuit, possibly because of high winds, and failed to make it up the ‘bat wing’ section of the ride, rolling back down the slope and coming to a rest.

The most fundamental safeguard on the German-built ride is that two carriages should never be able to travel on the same section of track because sensors trigger braking devices to prevent it.

When the 16 passengers, including Leah and Joe, were loaded into a carriage for the second time, it was halted at the top of the first upward section as the automatic brakes kicked in.

The computerised safety system was working perfectly as the sensors were being told there was another carriage on the same section of track, even if operating staff were inexplicably unaware of it.

The teenagers recalled being held at the top of the section for about ten minutes, but did not know why. Joe said: ‘It was really windy and we were freezing up there.

‘I said to Leah, “Something’s not right here – this shouldn’t be happening.” ’

Meanwhile, an engineer engaged a manual override, allowing the carriage with passengers to continue once the ride operator had restarted the system.

One Mail on Sunday source within Alton Towers said: ‘The engineer should never have manually overridden the safety lock with people on the track.’

An HSE spokesman said yesterday: ‘Our inquiry continues.’ Merlin Entertainments said: ‘We continue to work closely with the HSE as it investigates the causes of the incident and we are unable to comment further.’
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08/24/15 at 10:03am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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That really sad im hoping everyone heals well Frowning

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09/29/16 at 09:47am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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Alton Towers owner Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd was just fined £5 million ($6.5 million USD) over the Smiler accident.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alt...ve-8921320
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09/29/16 at 09:56am in Alton Tower's Smiler Crashes
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When this all first came out last year everyone blamed Gerstleur and I think the vast majority of the community was surprised to find out it was human error. While I don't think the employees of Alton Towers are without fault, I still feel like Gerstleur delivered Alton Towers with a subpar product with a terrible design in the first place. On top of that the subcontractor that designed the control system should make sure this can't happen in future installations. In what reality would you want to dispatch even an empty train when the blocks aren't clear?

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