The Smiler ride at Alton Towers reopens for firework event

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The Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers has re-opened five days after it was closed following an injury to two riders.

The £18 million ride was closed when small plastic guide wheels flew off and hit front row riders in the face.

Staff treated the injured pair who remained in the park for the rest of the day.

The 14-loop Smiler will be open ready for the firework display due to take place between November 8 and 10.

A spokesperson for Alton Towers said: “We are pleased to confirm that The Smiler has reopened today (November 7), following remedial works on the lift hill chain guide systems.

“In line with our operational procedures, the ride was closed following the incident at the weekend.

“We have been working with the designers to review and replace all of the elements connected to this part of the ride , having now completed this work and the requisite safety testing, the ride reopened at 10.30am.

“We remain committed to ensuring that all of our rides meet the highest standards in all areas and we are sorry for any disappointment caused by The Smiler’s recent unavailability.”

Daniel Watts, 11, from Trentham, who is attending this weekend’s event, said: “I’m so pleased that the ride will be open, it would have been such a let down, I really wanted to ride it again before the park closes for winter.”

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