Alton Towers reopens... and there's free tickets too
Alton Towers will reopen today (today being Monday 8th June 2015), days after the serious rollercoaster crash which saw two carriages on the Smiler ride colliding, and injuring passengers on it.
The theme park has been closed to allow staff to conduct thorough investigations, but as of 10am, Alton Towers will open their doors to the public again. Whether anyone will want to go after such a confidence-shaking accident, is another matter.
The Smiler ride is going to stay closed, along the Oblivion, Enterprise, Sonic Spinball and Nemesis Sub-Terra, as more safety tests are carried out.
Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainments who own Alton Towers, referred to the accident as a "terrible event" for everyone involved, adding: "We are very aware of the impact it will have on those involved and we are doing all we can to provide our support to those injured and their families."
"We closed the park immediately whilst preliminary investigations took place and to give our staff time to come to terms with the accident and its aftermath. In recent days our management team have been engaged in a thorough review of our operating and safety procedures before making this decision."
Alton Towers are also offering free tickets, which are valid 'til November if you've gone through the gate today, as a thank you for visiting them among all this, which is decent of them.
If you need a refund from Alton Towers, click here to see our guide.