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  1. BBC news 24 has just confirmed that 9 children and two adults have been injured. Emergency services are still with them, the more seriously injured have already been taken out of the park by ambulance services to hospital. They also said that it has been estimated that the coaster would have been travelling at around 35mph at the point the car left the track. They did not say if this information came from eye witnesses, the emergency services or the park itself.
  2. This has only just happened, so unfortunately no further news at this time. Hope there are no fatalities: http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/rollercoaster-mds-strathclyde-country-park-11527558
  3. Going to visit Dreamland in Margate next month. Was going to go for the opening this month, but the newly built Scenic Railway will not be ready for opening day. So will be going Saturday 18 July instead
  4. A 5th patient has today been announced. She went to hospital after suffering from internal bleeding, and its now said that she has a damaged liver. She was riding in the second row: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/revealed-fifth-victim-alton-towers-5846031
  5. Could not agree with you more Robb. But the media over here is doing a grand job with their scare tactics at the moment. I wonder how many read this "30 accidents at Alton Towers in 3 years" headline without actually reading the full article: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/thirty-accidents-alton-towers-three-9397443 Some stations like ITV are trying to be objective by getting an enthusiast in to say how safe rides and parks are, but no one in the interview said they would return back to Alton Towers: http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2015-06-03/concerns-over-effect-of-alton-towers-crash-on-staffordshire-tourism-industry/ I guess some parents and schools are just taking the wait and stance at the moment.
  6. It is indeed very sad news. Poor girl. All the school trips I know of that were going to Alton Towers next month have already been cancelled. Not saying every school in the country will have cancelled their trips, but I know of 6 trips that family, friends or collegues kids were going on, but they have all pulled out.
  7. Ah right. You would have missed out on both parks then, as Loudoun Castle was open in 2004. You now have something else to look forward to the next time you visit No certifiedcoastergeek, M&D's does not have a inwards-facing Giant Frisbee. But there is a travelling fare in Glasgow Green every firework night that has one. Its pretty intense as well
  8. The park is over on the West side of Scotland (just outside Glasgow). But our little country is so small that its only around 35-40 miles from Edinburgh to Glasgow (East to West)!! In all honesty, its not that well advertised, especially if you are in Edinburgh. In the winter when the park closes, they do take some of the rides on tour. Its quite heavily advertised on TV when that happens, as its around Christmas/New Year time. Glasgow also had another park, Loudoun Castle. I always preferred this park as they had a pretty decent S&S tower and a Schwarzkopf Looping Star that was relocated from Dreamland in Margate. Unfortunately, Loudoun has now closed M&D's is OK if you are in the area, but IMO its not the kind of park you would go out of your way to visit.
  9. I really need to get back to Cedar Point. Have not been since Maverick's opening season. Maybe next year
  10. While not a lot new to read in the actual article, there is a new video with an eye witness at the very bottom: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11654706/Rollercoasters-across-Britain-shut-in-the-wake-of-Alton-Towers-crash.html
  11. You can watch the full news report here Robb: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcnews If you are unable to view it (not sure if there are any country restrictions on BBC news), I can take some photo's of my screen and upload them somewhere for you. The fly over happens between 18:01 and 18:02. Its not the clearest footage, but if you pause it in the right place, you can see the front of the second car.
  12. Nick Varney has been on tonight's BBC news talking a little more about the accident. For all those that are not in the UK and want to hear what he had to say, the interview can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33025024
  13. Tornado is by far the worst ride I have ever been on. Rode it both with and without the corkscrew. The corkscrew was brutal. Even my camera blacked out when filming a POV !! It is slightly better now, but I still would not put myself through it again.
  14. This is the latest news: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/04/alton-towers-crash-victim-tweets-his-gratitude-for-overwhelming-response
  15. Sorry, I think you may has mis-understood my post Rob. Of course people will ride it again "when" it re-opens. If its open when I visit later in the year, I will ride again. That was my reaction to the previous posts regarding the petitions that have been started by the GP in the UK to get the ride closed. People have to be really upset or peeved to go as far as petitioning for something. Especially when there are comments getting reported by the press like: Vicky Costello posted: "i think the smiler should be closed. There have been way too many incidents with it and the most recent one tops it all!!!" That's all I was trying to say.
  16. I think as far as the GP are concerned, this accident is the final straw. The press over here are playing on the rides previous issues big time, even though A.T Park Officials have said time and time again that this issue is in no way related to any of the previous problems. As enthusiasts, many are probably already aware of the rides previous problems, but it does not make for good reading when you suddenly read all this information together for the first time: 18 May 2013 - The Smiler suffered a malfunction during its soft opening – a preview event for celebrities and journalists – which delayed the coaster's official opening. The train became stuck on the first lift hill trapping passengers in their seats for an hour until they could be evacuated. 4 June 2013 - One of the trains stalled on the ride's batwing element during a test run before the park opened to the public. 10 June 2013 - A train stalled once again in the same batwing element, but unlike previous times, weighted dummies were present on the train. The cause of the incident was revealed as a computer malfunction that triggered the trim brakes. 21 July 2013 - 48 people were evacuated from the ride after a piece of debris fell from a section of track. Some eyewitness reports described the debris as a 1-foot-long metal bar (0.30 m), while others described it as a bolt. The incident caused two sections of track to partially disengage creating a small gap in the track. 30 July 2013 - The ride was closed for five days after cracks were found around the base of one of the ride's supports. 2 November 2013 - Four people were injured when they were struck by guide wheels that detached from the chain guide as the train ascended the vertical incline. 2 June 2015 - A train carrying 16 riders and travelling approximately 20 mph (32 km/h) collided with an empty, stationary train. Eleven riders required medical treatment, four of which were taken to a nearby hospital for serious neck, chest, and leg injuries. I obviously cant speak for how the ride runs on a day to day basis, but on my 3 visits to Alton Towers last year, the ride had the worst downtime of any of the coasters in the park. It is frustrating watching the news, listening to the news reporters constantly asking why the ride was not just closed down earlier in the day because cars were getting stopped on the lift hills. Each time I was in line on all 3 visits last year, at some point there was an announcement saying the ride was having technical issues and empty cars were sent round. On my last visit, I ended up giving up and just leaving the line after it went down for a second time in under 30 minutes. It would not reasonable to expect the park to close the ride for the day every time something like that happens.
  17. At the point of impact, the ride would have been travelling around 22-23mph. We had really strong winds across the whole of the UK that day, so that may have also played a part in the first car getting valleyed.
  18. If the news reports are to be believed (which is not usually the case) the park will be closed indefinitely until the investigation is complete. Latest reports are also saying that Alton Tower bosses are considering removing the ride all together. Again, very doubtful: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11650536/Alton-Towers-to-remain-closed-as-bosses-consider-scrapping-The-Smiler.html
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