I think when it does open again it won't be able to Duel again and with the testing they will have to fill them with test bodies every time. I think for respect as well it should be renamed as the Smiler isn't what people are doing at the moment. Even the theme music will need to go. Now if the Runaway mine train was closed from July to the start of the new season and another few months later to it was back to it's full length again then I can't see the Smiler opening again this year and I think to H&S have finished there report and the 2 trains removed from the track you won't see Oblivion and Enterprise in use neither.
How exactly can they retheme it though? The whole ride is based around the Marmaliser, and that would have to go if the theme went. Merlin will have lost enough money with this incident...I dont think they will want to lose any more. I doubt they will run more than three cars at once now, just for assurance more than anything for the GP.
What happens now in this sort of situation?
Nick Varney stated in a BBC interview the park would remain closed until they knew fully what had happened. Its pretty much a waiting game now, we can only speculate what is going on down there, although I have no doubts that they will be doing their best at it
Given, I know this and several other incidents have occurred, but I would like to defend Gerstlauer to be honest. We dont know why the second car was sent once it had stopped, but every ride has some performance issues some time or another. Take Rita and Thirteen for example. There have been times neither of thise have been open due to the ride not working, but we dont slate those rides for it. I think what happened yesterday was an honest mistake, and it was just bad luck that the ride with some of these incidents in the past had this problem now.
Im with Screech on this. The more people praying for those families, the better