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Alton Towers Rollercoaster Accident

#1 by astwood , Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:59 pm

Accident today on the Smiler Rollercoaster ride
16 injured 4 seriously


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#2 by Voltman , Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:05 pm

On the news they said crash. I thought that didn't sound right, they might come off but I don't remember them ever crashing together.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32980354
I understood an empty tester car was stationary on the track, this was hit from the rear.


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#3 by astoness , Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:03 am

it was a crash...this is a terrible accident and seems due to human error..my daughter kim who has always loved these sort of rides is now re thinking about going on them again..



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#4 by Voltman , Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:47 am

The rides are safe it's the idiots operating them that are at fault.
It seems there was a problem with the cars stopping, They supposedly fixed it and then sent out a test car.
The test car got stuck but they still sent out a full car straight after it.

I'm amazed there aren't sensors on the cars to prevent this. Perhaps there are.
We will have to await any publishing of the investigation to find out what they did wrong.
In my experience, machines, no matter how well designed, are at the mercy of the operator or minder.
As soon as you completely eliminate the possibility of operator error or interference you render the machine almost useless.

I can't wait to see how popular this particular ride is if ever runs again.
Is anyone ever going to trust the operators of any of Alton Towers rides?


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#5 by astoness , Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:55 pm

good post volty


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#6 by astwood , Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:17 pm

Alton Towers will remain closed until the probe into the accident is sorted


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#7 by Sheldonboy , Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:45 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #4
The rides are safe it's the idiots operating them that are at fault.
It seems there was a problem with the cars stopping, They supposedly fixed it and then sent out a test car.
The test car got stuck but they still sent out a full car straight after it.

I'm amazed there aren't sensors on the cars to prevent this. Perhaps there are.
We will have to await any publishing of the investigation to find out what they did wrong.
In my experience, machines, no matter how well designed, are at the mercy of the operator or minder.
As soon as you completely eliminate the possibility of operator error or interference you render the machine almost useless.

I can't wait to see how popular this particular ride is if ever runs again.
Is anyone ever going to trust the operators of any of Alton Towers rides?

There was an ex operator on the radio, it's supposed to be impossible for an operator to cause this kind of crash.


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#8 by Sheldonboy , Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:49 pm


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#9 by mikejee , Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:52 pm

"security staff would have called 999 as soon as an assessment had been made.". What a bloody stupid statement. No doubt they called after it had been noted in the daily log (in triplicate?)


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#10 by Sheldonboy , Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:23 pm

I know some places for some pathetic jobsworth reason one person is responsible for calling emergency services. If this was the case the staff probably couldn't find him/her.


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#11 by Slow Jo , Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:42 pm

On central news a man queing,for the ride ,told the operator there was a car stuck on the track ,he said the man totally ignored him ,and sent the car in question off ,as he walked away he heard the bang.


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#12 by Sheldonboy , Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:53 pm

Girl loses leg, what a sad shame for a 17 year old girl.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33040618


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#13 by astoness , Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:22 pm

heard about it earlier...terrible thing to happen


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#14 by Voltman , Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:42 pm

This would have been so easily avoided, the operators of the ride need screwing, as do their management.
It looks to me as though profit comes before safety. Gross negligence is evident.

"Accidents do happen and that's exactly what I think it was," said Matt Bennett.
This guy should learn the difference between, ignorance, negligence and stupidity.

"On some rides operators even have to complete written exams, they said."
Wow, that must mean you need some sort of a brain in order to qualify for the job. Doh!


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#15 by astoness , Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:51 pm

well said volty..


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