As you may have seen, Merlin have today pleaded guilty to Health & Safety breaches relating to the incident on The Smiler last year. A few more details of what happened have come out in court today so I am creating this thread to specifically discuss them. Please use the Media Coverage of Alton Towers thread if you want to discuss how the media handle things following this. And continue to use the 2016: The Smiler Reopening thread to discuss changes to the ride this year following on from what happened. Here are some quotes from the HSE prosecutor regarding the incident: So it sounds like Towers had no procedures in place for what to do if a train stalled and no clear way to see if a train had stalled on the batwing. Of course we already knew about the manual override.