West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that we are in attendance at an incident involving The Smiler ride at the Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire.
A 999 call was received from the resort at 2.09pm reporting that a carriage of The Smiler had collided with a stationary carriage. Community first responders based at the theme park were first on scene and four ambulances, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, two further BASICS doctors and several senior paramedic managers have been sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “There are 16 patients on board The Smiler requiring triage, four of which have reported serious injuries.
“Ambulance staff and medics are working quickly with resort staff to gain access to the seriously injured.”
More details will be issued shortly.