Four teenagers are thought to be seriously injured following an incident on The Smiler shortly after 2pm this afternoon.

It is thought that two trains collided on the track with one train being full and the other empty. Merlin Entertainments, owner and operator of Alton Towers Resort has released the following statement.

“There has been an incident on the Smiler this afternoon involving two carriages coming together on a low section of the track. One of the carriages was empty and the other had 16 guests in.

“The resort’s fully qualified first responders were on the scene immediately to assist with the evacuation which is ongoing, and the area has been closed to allow for access to emergency services vehicles.”

At this time a large section of the park has been evacuated and remains closed to allow the emergency services access to the ride. Two air ambulances are currently on site with a 3rd preparing to land on the lawns area in front of The Towers. Currently the rest of the park is operating as normal.

TowersTimes will continue to follow the situation and bring you any further news as it develops.

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