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Alton Towers Smiler crash down to human error

An investigation in the Smiler crash at Alton Towers has found that it was the result of human error.

The investigation found that a manual override of the safety control system was done without the appropriate protocols being followed.

Alton Towers say the investigation also identified areas where protocols and the training of employees should be improved. There were found to be no technical or mechanical problems with the ride itself.

Smiler crash down to human error Credit: PA

Four people were seriously injured in June when a carriage carrying 16 people slammed into an empty one.

Alton Towers says that it continues to provide help and support to all of those who were on the ride when the crash happened.

Injured riders Daniel Thorpe, Leah Washington, Joe Pugh and Victoria Balch with Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford Credit: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue

We have taken full responsibility for the incident and continue to co-operate with the on-going Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. We are confident that lessons have been learned and that appropriate action has been taken to address all the issues raised by our investigation and we believe our core conclusions will be in line with the HSE findings.

– Alton Towers statement


Snow arrives in the Midlands!

Heavy snow this evening in Berryhill in Stoke-on-Trent Credit: Eddy Atkinson

Snowfall has been falling in parts of the Midlands this evening, with wintry showers forecast to continue through the weekend.

These are some of the photos you've been tweeting, from Stourport-on-Severn and Great Wyrley in Staffordshire.


Armistice Day commemorations at National Memorial Arboretum

A service today will mark the end of the First World War Credit: PA

The end of the First World War will be marked with a Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

The Princess Royal will attend the service within the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial in which there will be a two minute silence at 11am.

The Memorial is designed in such a way that a shaft of sunlight should hit the bronze wreath sculpture in the centre just as the silence is observed.

Services will be held across the region to mark the end of fighting on the Western Front in 1918.

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