4 Seriously Injured in UK Amusement Park Accident

PHOTO: Four people were seriously injured after an amusement park accident at Alton Towers near London, June 2, 2015.PlaySKY
WATCH Roller Coaster Collision at London Amusement Park Leaves 4 Injured

Four people are recovering from serious injuries after an amusement park accident outside of London.

The car full of thrill-seekers -- on a ride called “The Smiler” at Alton Towers -- slammed into an empty car stuck on the tracks Tuesday. The force of the collision wedged the cars together.

The accident left 16 riders dangling for more than four-and-a-half hours.

PHOTO: Four people were seriously injured after an amusement park accident at Alton Towers near London, June 2, 2015. SKY
Four people were seriously injured after an amusement park accident at Alton Towers near London, June 2, 2015.

Walter Reiss, a roller coaster safety expert, said modern ride technology deters such accidents from happening.

“This sort of accident should never be able to happen, because there is a very sophisticated computer system that watches the location of all the trains,” Reiss said.

“The Smiler” is manufactured by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, a German company responsible for the “Pandemonium” rides at Six Flags parks across the United States. Officials at Alton Towers said in a statement that the park will remain closed “until we understand better the cause of this dreadful incident.”

Statistically, amusement park rides are safe -- with the chances of being injured estimated at about one in 24 million.