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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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Dreamland Margate reopens after 10 years

Dreamland Margate helter skelterDreamland Margate has reopened under the banner of a “re-imagined” historical theme park after 10 years.

Dating from the 1920s, when the park’s Scenic Railway ride was opened, the park closed in 2005.

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Alton Towers reopens rides following accident

The Smiler entranceAlton Towers has reopened some of its rides that were closed as a result of the accident on The Smiler rollercoaster.

The X Sector area of the park – where the Smiler is located – reopened today, although the ride itself remains closed.

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Alton Towers crash 999 call delay ‘unforgivable’

The SmilerOne of those injured on Alton Towers’ Smiler ride has described the delay in contacting the emergency services as “unforgivable”.

Two of the rollercoaster’s trains collided on 2 June, seriously injuring five of those on board.

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Alton Towers crash victim has leg amputated

The SmilerOne of the seriously injured people on board the Smiler ride at Alton Towers when it crashed has had their leg amputated, it has emerged.

Leah Washington was on the front row of the rollercoaster in the accident, which occurred on Tuesday last week.

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16,000 sign petition after Nick Varney interview

Kay BurleyA petition calling for the sacking of a Sky News journalist who interviewed the Merlin Entertainments CEO has attracted more than 16,000 signatures.

Kay Burley, who is a founding member of the news channel, interviewed Nick Varney in the wake of the Smiler ride accident at Alton Towers.

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Alton Towers to reopen on Monday after crash

OblivionAlton Towers will reopen on Monday, five days after two trains on the Smiler rollercoaster collided.

The X Sector area of the park – containing the affected ride, the Oblivion rollercoaster and Enterprise flat ride – will remain closed until further notice.

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Pleasure Island owner defends Alton Towers

Pleasure Island owner Melanie WoodPleasure Island owner Melanie Wood has moved to defend Alton Towers following the rollercoaster crash that occurred there on Tuesday.

Two trains on the Smiler ride collided, leaving four riders with severe lower limb injuries.

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Legal action ‘anticipated’ following Smiler crash

The SmilerSolicitors acting for the family of one of of the guests injured at Alton Towers on Tuesday have said that claims for damages is “anticipated”.

Four people were seriously injured when two trains collided on the Smiler rollercoaster.

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