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Alton Towers Smiler rollercoaster breaks down leaving passengers hanging 100ft in the air for 20 minutes - four years after a crash on the ride left 16 people injured

The Smiler ride at Alton Towers left people hanging 100ft in the air today for 20 minutes after it broke down (people pictured on the ride today, left). Just before 6PM this evening a carriage full of daredevils at the Stoke-on-Trent theme park came to a halt as the ride started to climb. Thrill-seekers were stranded for 20 minutes and were forced to wait for engineers to fix the problem. Workers reversed the carriage back down to the ride, allowing passengers to get off. The incident happened just four years after a crash on the ride which left 16 people injured (2015 crash, right). Leah Washington (bottom centre) was one of two passengers that lost a leg in the accident and now has a prosthetic leg which contains a microprocessor knee.

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