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Passengers stuck for 30 minutes on Alton Towers rollercoaster which crashed last year

Two women required amputations after the same ride crashed last June.

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GUESTS AT ALTON Towers were left stuck on The Smiler rollercoaster today – 15 months after it crashed, seriously injuring five people.

A spokesperson for the park told the BBC that nobody had been injured and all guests had been safely taken from the ride.

Nearly 30 people were stuck on the ride around 12 midday after a staff member was told about a piece of debris falling onto the tracks.

Despite guests being stuck facing into the air, the park says there was never any danger.

“At no time were guests on the ride at any risk and all were safely removed from the ride promptly by staff, in line with our comprehensive standard procedures.

“As the health and safety of our guests is our priority, the ride will remain closed whilst the resort’s technical team investigate the matter.”

Two women required amputations after the same ride crashed last June.

The company which owns the Alton Towers resort admitted breaching the UK Health and Safety Act after an investigation found the accident was caused by human error.

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