Two carriages have crashed into one another on the ‘Smiler’ ride at top UK theme park Alton Towers, leaving four people injured.
Eye witnesses reported seeing “blood everywhere” as ambulance crews and rescue services raced to the scene at the popular theme park in the Midlands in the United Kingdom.
There were 16 people in one carriage, which crashed into another, empty one – leading to air ambulances rushing to tend to unconscious members of the public at the scene.
In a statement, Alton Towers said: “There has been an incident on the Smiler this afternoon involving two carriages coming together on a low section of the track. One of the carriages was empty and the other had 16 guests in.
“The resort’s fully qualified first responders were on the scene immediately to assist with the evacuation which is ongoing, and the area has been closed to allow for access to emergency services vehicles.
“To ensure the safe and timely evacuation of guests, a platform is being constructed. This will take a few minutes but will enable us to proceed more quickly.
“There will be a full investigation once we have recovered the guests, who are our priority.”
But witnesses said the park staff did not handle the incident well, which affected the Smiler ride, the world’s first 14-loop roller coaster.
Additional reporting from The Independent