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.

Wood described the accident as a “freak” occurrence, and said that Alton Towers would recover from the negative publicity.

In an interview with the Grimsby Telegraph newspaper, she said that the type of event was “basically unheard of”.

Wood said: “Millions of people use rollercoasters across the world each day and the reason this incident is so shocking is because it’s basically unheard of, it just doesn’t happen.

“Alton Towers have got an impeccable health and safety record. Their procedures are second to none, I just pray and hope that those involved will be OK.

“It’s a horrible thing to happen to any company I sympathise with them but they are a strong, professional company who will survive this.

“They will come back and maintain their position as the top theme park in the country.

‘We can do no more’

Wood said that her park Pleasure Island, which is located in Cleethorpes, could “do no more” in terms of safety procedures in place on its rides.

“There’s nothing more we can do, we do everything properly, 100 per cent daily,” she said.

“We do daily checks and we will continue to carry out those stringent checks.”The British public need to understand that this country’s safety procedures are amongst the best in the world.

“Pleasure Island has had not significant safety incidents reported in its entire 22-year history.

“Safety is the paramount importance, over fun, over anything, it’s the prime concern,” Wood added.