UK theme park shut after roller coaster crash injures 4

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London - The owners of Britain's Alton Towers say they don't know when the amusement park will reopen after four people seriously injured in a crash between two roller coaster cars.

The ambulance service says men aged 27 and 18 and women aged 19 and 17 suffered serious leg injuries when a car carrying 16 people on the Smiler ride crashed into an empty, stationary car on Tuesday. It took rescuers several hours to remove the passengers, who were stuck 8m above ground.

Chief executive Nick Varney of Merlin Entertainments, which owns the park 240 km north of London, said on Wednesday that an investigation was underway. He said a supposedly fail-safe measure to stop two cars crashing "didn't work the way it was supposed to."

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