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Investigation launched into Madrid rollercoaster crash
POSTED 17 Jul 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Spanish theme park Parque de Atracciones has launched an investigation after two trains collided on one of its rides, affecting 33 people.

The incident, which happened on Sunday (16 July) at the park in Madrid, occurred when one train on the TNT Mina Train – recently repurposed to include virtual reality – completed its circuit but failed to stop.

According to reports, 27 people were treated in hospital for neck, back and stomach injuries, though no injuries were serious with main problems being bruising and shock.

In a statement provided to Attractions Management, the park said it was “currently investigating the incident in order to give a clear response” over the cause of the accident.

“We can confirm that the involved visitors are not at risk and they are all currently at home,” the statement added.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride opened in 2012 and was relaunched as a VR coaster last month, powered by the Samsung Gear headset. The interactive rollercoaster sends riders down a haunted mine in the old west, with guests able to shoot skeletons and spiders as they progress along a 1,476ft (450m) track. The ride reaches speeds of up to 55kmph (34mph) and reaches heights of 59ft (18m).

Last year Merlin Entertainments was fined £5m (US$6.5m, €5.7m) after last year’s horrific Smiler crash at Alton Towers, an accident which left five visitors with life-changing injuries including two leg amputations. Also a Gerstlauer ride, an investigation found the accident was caused by absence of safe systems on Merlin’s part. The Health and Safety Executive ruled the Smiler crash was the result of human error when an operator manually overrode the ride safety system.

Attractions Management has contacted Gerstlauer for comment.




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Investigation launched into Madrid rollercoaster crash
POSTED 17 Jul 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Spanish theme park Parque de Atracciones has launched an investigation after two trains collided on one of its rides, affecting 33 people.

The incident, which happened on Sunday (16 July) at the park in Madrid, occurred when one train on the TNT Mina Train – recently repurposed to include virtual reality – completed its circuit but failed to stop.

According to reports, 27 people were treated in hospital for neck, back and stomach injuries, though no injuries were serious with main problems being bruising and shock.

In a statement provided to Attractions Management, the park said it was “currently investigating the incident in order to give a clear response” over the cause of the accident.

“We can confirm that the involved visitors are not at risk and they are all currently at home,” the statement added.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride opened in 2012 and was relaunched as a VR coaster last month, powered by the Samsung Gear headset. The interactive rollercoaster sends riders down a haunted mine in the old west, with guests able to shoot skeletons and spiders as they progress along a 1,476ft (450m) track. The ride reaches speeds of up to 55kmph (34mph) and reaches heights of 59ft (18m).

Last year Merlin Entertainments was fined £5m (US$6.5m, €5.7m) after last year’s horrific Smiler crash at Alton Towers, an accident which left five visitors with life-changing injuries including two leg amputations. Also a Gerstlauer ride, an investigation found the accident was caused by absence of safe systems on Merlin’s part. The Health and Safety Executive ruled the Smiler crash was the result of human error when an operator manually overrode the ride safety system.

Attractions Management has contacted Gerstlauer for comment.




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Investigation launched into Madrid rollercoaster crash
POSTED 17 Jul 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Spanish theme park Parque de Atracciones has launched an investigation after two trains collided on one of its rides, affecting 33 people.

The incident, which happened on Sunday (16 July) at the park in Madrid, occurred when one train on the TNT Mina Train – recently repurposed to include virtual reality – completed its circuit but failed to stop.

According to reports, 27 people were treated in hospital for neck, back and stomach injuries, though no injuries were serious with main problems being bruising and shock.

In a statement provided to Attractions Management, the park said it was “currently investigating the incident in order to give a clear response” over the cause of the accident.

“We can confirm that the involved visitors are not at risk and they are all currently at home,” the statement added.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride opened in 2012 and was relaunched as a VR coaster last month, powered by the Samsung Gear headset. The interactive rollercoaster sends riders down a haunted mine in the old west, with guests able to shoot skeletons and spiders as they progress along a 1,476ft (450m) track. The ride reaches speeds of up to 55kmph (34mph) and reaches heights of 59ft (18m).

Last year Merlin Entertainments was fined £5m (US$6.5m, €5.7m) after last year’s horrific Smiler crash at Alton Towers, an accident which left five visitors with life-changing injuries including two leg amputations. Also a Gerstlauer ride, an investigation found the accident was caused by absence of safe systems on Merlin’s part. The Health and Safety Executive ruled the Smiler crash was the result of human error when an operator manually overrode the ride safety system.

Attractions Management has contacted Gerstlauer for comment.




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Merlin revenue increases despite 'incredibly difficult' trading conditions


Merlin Entertainments enjoyed an 11 per cent revenue increase over the past year despite last year’s Smiler crash and the “incredibly difficult” trading conditions of its midway attractions following a string of terrorist attacks in Europe.
Merlin fined £5m for Alton Towers Smiler crash after 'catastrophic' safety failure


Merlin Entertainments has been fined £5m (US$6.5m, €5.7m) after last year’s horrific Smiler crash at Alton Towers, an accident which left five visitors with life-changing injuries including two leg amputations.
Merlin due in court over Smiler crash


Alton Towers operator Merlin is due in court today for a verdict on the Smiler rollercoaster crash which left two people needing leg amputations and several others with serious injuries.
Merlin in court for Alton Towers Smiler crash


Merlin Entertainments has been to court today for health and safety breaches in relation to last year’s Smiler rollercoaster crash which left two people needing leg amputations and several others with serious injuries.
 


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