Four rollercoasters shut after Alton Towers crash

Four rollercoasters shut after Alton Towers crash

Alton Towers park is expected to reopen 'in the next few days' following Tuesday's accident, a statement from owners Merlin Entertainments said.

However four rides across three of the company's parks will remain closed after new safety protocols were issued.

Here are the details of the rides that have been halted and what to do if you have tickets for Alton Towers.

  • The Smiler, Alton Towers

The Smiler ride sparked the recent park closure and new safety protocols after a crash on Tuesday left 16 people injured, four seriously.

The Smiler opened in May 2013. The ride reaches a top speed of 85mph and height of 30 metres.

Background: Alton Towers crash

  • Saw, Thorpe Park

Saw has been closed since the accident on The Smiler. Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

The Saw ride has been closed since the accident on The Smiler due to its similarities, it was made by the same manufacturer.

The rollercoaster advertises a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100 degrees from a height of 100ft.

  • Dragon’s Fury, Chessington World of Adventures

Dragon’s Fury Credit: Chessington World of Adventures

Merlin Entertainments have not confirmed how the Dragon's Fury ride is related to The Smiler and what the new safety protocols are.

However since the company adopted them, Dragon's Fury will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

  • Rattlesnake, Chessington World of Adventures

Rattlesnake Credit: Chessington World of Adventures

The Rattlesnike ride has been closed for the foreseeable future.

Merlin Entertainment said the ride's operating systems make it difficult to bring in the new safety protocols, resulting its closure.

  • What to do if you have tickets

All guests with pre-booked tickets for Alton Towers have the choice of either having their tickets changed to an alternative date or a full refund.

Tickets with dates between 3rd - 6th June will also be accepted at Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures or LEGOLAND Windsor.

You can find full details and instructions on how to claim a refund or change your date on the Alton Towers website.