The Sky Trek Tower, a 28 1/2-story attraction at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, was closed Monday and will remain shut down until it is deemed ready for operation after it came to a stop Sunday and riders had to be escorted down a staircase, a spokeswoman for the amusement park said Monday morning..
According to communication manager Katy Enrique, it took about two hours before all guests were "safely escorted" from the Sky Trek Tower, which has an aerial rotating cabin that descends a tower from 330 feet.
Alton Towers has hit back over concerns about its range of Ride Me t-shirts - which have been called "provocative". According to the Mirror, school IT manager Steve Horsley, 44, from Bedford, said he spotted the "suggestive" tops at the theme park’s main gift shop.
He claimed the clothes could put girls in danger and told the national newspaper: "I was with friends at the time and we couldn’t believe what we were seeing. "They are making these shirts for small-sized girls and they say ‘ride me’ – that’s very suggestive.
Leah Washington was on the front row of the Smiler ride, which crashed into an empty carriage in front of it.
Three others who were also in the front row sustained serious leg injuries, while a fifth person is being treated for internal injuries.
The theme park reopened on Monday and bosses said they would ensure the injured would be compensated.
According to the West Midlands Ambulance Service, there were 16 people riding in one carriage on the attraction when the crash happened just after 2pm.
It is believed the passengers crashed into a stationary carriage which was empty at the time.
Danny Simm, who was at the theme park when the accident happened, tweeted: "People unconscious, knocked out. Blood everywhere. It really was shocking. Air ambulances landing now, people still stuck."