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Smiler crash ’caused by safety lock override’

The SmilerThe accident on Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster was caused by an engineer overriding a ‘safety lock’, it has been claimed.

The Mail on Sunday today reported that it had learnt that ‘human error’ and a ‘failure to follow basic safety procedures’ led to the 2 June accident.

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Bolt falls from Blackpool Big One rollercoaster

Big One rollercoaster at BlackpoolA bolt recently fell from the structure of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Big One rollercoaster, it has emerged.

The Sun newspaper quoted a visitor as saying it landed within “inches” or her child.

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Fantasy Island to remain in administration

The OdysseyFantasy Island will remain in administration until at least February 2016, despite profitable operation in the past year.

The amusement park – which includes caravan income and some market income – had losses of £748,000 offset by significant market income from a subsidiary.

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Smiler under design review following collision

The SmilerThe Smiler rollercoaster is undergoing a design review following the collision which seriously injured five people last month.

The park’s operators Merlin Entertainments said that they were conducting a third-party review in conjunction with the ride’s manufacturers Gerstlauer.

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Lightwater Valley ride activated during checks

Treetop TwisterLightwater Valley has dismissed a ride operator who activated a rollercoaster while it was being checked by another employee.

Sasha Higgins was inspecting a car on the Treetop Twister ride when another operator dispatched it from the station as ‘a joke’.

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Revamp reported for Alton Towers Scarefest

Alton Towers ruinsAlton Towers is to undertake a major revamp of its Halloween Scarefest event this year, it has been reported.

A press release allegedly obtained by the ScareTour website – but now withdrawn – states that four new attractions will feature during the 16-day event.

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Merlin reprimanded over annual pass sale

Merlin EntertainmentsMerlin Entertainments has received a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following “misleading” marketing of its annual passes.

The products were offered in a sale at the end of last year, as part of the company’s usual sale held each year.

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Saw rollercoaster reopens at Thorpe Park

Saw - The RideThorpe Park has reopened its ‘Saw – The Ride’ rollercoaster, which had remained closed since the Smiler crash at Alton Towers last month.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride reopened to guests of the Surrey theme park this afternoon.

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Spinball ‘walking pace’ collision at Alton Towers

Sonic SpinballA “walking pace” collision occurred on the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster at Alton Towers on Tuesday, it has emerged.

The park described the coming together of two ride cars in the loading station as a “nudge”.

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Second Smiler crash victim has leg amputated

The SmilerA second person seriously injured on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers has had their leg amputated.

Vicky Balch, 20, was riding the front row of the ride when it collided with an empty train on 2 June.

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