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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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HSE removes Alton Towers’ Smiler trains for tests

The SmilerThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has removed the two trains involved in Tuesday’s crash on The Smiler ride at Alton Towers.

The theme park has been served with a Prohibition Notice by the HSE, preventing the ride’s use until action is taken to “deal with the cause of the failure”.

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Alton Towers 999 call came 11 minutes after crash

The SmilerAlton Towers took 11 minutes to contact the emergency services after Tuesday’s crash on The Smiler rollercoaster, it has emerged.

Management were informed of the accident at 13:57, with ambulance crews saying they received a call at 14:08.

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Alton Towers remains closed following accident

The Smiler 3Alton Towers will remain closed for a second day on Thursday, as investigations continue following a ride crash which seriously inured four people.

The Health and safety Executive (HSE) is on site investigating the accident, which hurt a total of 16 people.

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Four seriously hurt in Alton Towers Smiler crash

The Smiler 1Four people have been seriously injured following a collision between two trains on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers.

Four of the park’s guests sustained serious leg injuries, while another 12 riders received minor injuries in the incident.

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