Alton Towers ride reopens

The Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire has reopened its Smiler ride. The rollercoaster was closed after a bolt was seen to have dropped from the structure.

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Alton Towers rollercoaster reopens after hitch

Alton Towers has reopened its new multi-million pound rollercoaster after reports that a bolt was seen to have fallen from the ride.

A spokeswoman for the Staffordshire theme park said the Smiler was now up and running again after its closure at the weekend, when visitors claim they saw a piece of metal break away from the ride and land near them, leaving a gap in the track on Sunday.

Around 48 people had to be rescued from the ride, which was then closed to allow for technical teams to investigate.

A spokeswoman for Alton Towers said that at no time was any guest at risk and the ride was reopened once the problem had been resolved.

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