"We apologise to all guests affected by the stoppage on The Smiler
. Our guest relations team have spoken to everyone on board to offer return tickets to the park as compensation for the inconvenience."
Vicky, 24, and Leah, 21, had been in the front seats of the Smiler
when they smashed into a stationary carriage.
Alton Towers Smiler
ride stalls leaving people stranded 100ft in the air
Like many rollercoasters, the Smiler
has sensors positioned along the length of the track which will stop the ride as a precaution if they detect anything that may be amiss.
ride at Alton Towers and inset, Warwick Castle, also owned by Merlin Attractions
In response to someone asking if the Smiler
will be open today, Alton Towers Resort said on Twitter: "Hi, We are looking to get the Smiler
up as soon as possible, keep an eye on the queue time boards around the resort for more."
broke down even before the accident I was involved in.
An Alton Towers spokeswoman said: "On Thursday September 1, Alton Towers Resort stopped The Smiler
to investigate claims a piece of debris had fallen from a carriage.
| BACK IN BUSINESS: The Smiler
ride at Alton Towers
was supposed to be the jewel in the crown of the Alton Towers resort but has been dogged by various safety issues and technical problems since it opened in May 2013.
THE worker operating the Smiler
ride at Alton Towers when it crashed, seriously injuring four people, has been fired.
Five people were seriously injured when the Smiler
ride at the Staffordshire attraction collided with an empty carriage on June 2, leaving two victims, Vicky Balch and Leah Washington, needing to have legs amputated.
FOUR teenagers have suffered serious leg injuries in a collision between two carriages on Alton Towers amusement park's Smiler
MIDDLEHAM groom Brian 'Smiler
' Mansell, a wellknown character in the racing centre having moved there from Stockton in 1959, will spend the morning of his 70th birthday today doing much the same thing as he has for the last 55 years - riding out.
: Adrenaline addicts can get their fix at Alton Towers, home to The Smiler
, the world's first 14-loop rollercoaster.