Riders stuck on Alton Towers' Smiler rollercoaster for 30 minutes

Riders stuck on Alton Towers' Smiler rollercoaster for 30 minutes

More than 30 people were stuck on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers after debris reportedly fell from a carriage.

The ride had to be closed after it stopped at midday yesterday.

The Merlin Entertainments-owned theme park said all visitors were evacuated from the ride in 30 minutes.

The incident at the Staffordshire attraction came 14 months after five people were seriously hurt in a crash on the Smiler ride.

A statement from the theme park said : “Alton Towers Resort stopped the Smiler to investigate claims a piece of debris had fallen from a carriage.

“At no time were guests on the ride at any risk and all were safely removed promptly by staff in line with our standard procedures.”

The ride was re-opened at 4.22pm after The Smiler was declared safe after an inspection by the park’s technical team.

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