Merlin fined £5 million for Alton Towers Smiler accident that resulted in amputations

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Alton Towers operator Merlin has been fined £5m for the crash on the Smiler rollercoaster. Sixteen people were injured in the June 2015 crash, including two teenage girls who needed leg amputations. In April, Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd admitted breaching the Health and Safety Act. The theme park originally said the accident was caused by "human error." But prosecutors argued the fault was with the employer not individuals.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016 7:10 PM

Pete said:

Yeah, no kidding. The quote was meant to be hyperbole also. Let me rephrase. If a control system errors with ghost trains enough times to use hyperbole to describe it, the control system should be fixed.

No, I get it. I think he did a better job explaining himself the second time around tho. I don't think he was saying that smiler itself was excessive, or that it was out of the norm. Just that every maintenance person sees it a lot in every ride.

I'm not giving the people who did this a pass, I think you both make good points. He was Juliet trying to give perspective.

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Monday, October 3, 2016 3:06 PM

Mr. Six said:

bunky666 said:
I'm kind of surprised that they didn't have multiple cameras in place to visually check where all the trains were. If the whole coaster is not visible from the station, and it runs multiple vehicles with multiple blocks, it makes sense to have some sort of eyes on this system. Doesn't seem not only all like a training issue, but also a safety issue in regards to visual scanning.

There are cameras watching the ride circuit, as proven by this CCTV footage of the accident. I would think the live footage would be viewable to the ride operators via monitors in the station.

Yeah, wow. This just makes it even more ridiculous and sad that the crash ever happened. How did not ONE person see this? Really, this isn't even just training...this is common sense. You have persistent problems with the ride shutting down, you check for issues on the track and do not allow riders until everything is proven to be clear. How long could it possibly take to make sure the cameras showed a clear path for the trains?

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