Many people were waiting to ride The Smiler when the incident occurred. Read Lynne Skeel’s story here.
In 2003, plans to build a wooden coaster in Alton Towers were rejected. In 2013, John Wardley revealed a wooden coaster would’ve been perfect for the park. Airgates reporter Michael Mander explores the stigma surrounding wooden coasters, and asks if it would be good for Alton Towers.