Someone already put one together, I highly advise against it. Although this was terrible we cannot start petitioning for it to be closed, as it will most likely never happen again, the likelihood of it happening was so low, but it happened. If something similar happens again (I doubt it will) they would probably close it, but remember, although it does have its faults, and this was terrible, closing it would make it a lot worse. People would be asking why it closed if it's safe, people would be put off riding other rides and parks due to them believing all rides have big problems like this, even if there was a petition it would possibly end up badly for everyone- More rides would be closed due to money lost, or SBNO, less people would visit, and then, more money lost which could lead to the park being sold although highly unlikely.
I would highly advise not to start a petition, as if it was rebranded people would recognise the ride and think something else happened and they tried to hide it. All we can do is hope and pray for the victims, this will not have happened on purpose, so no one should get hate. A shocking and tragic few days. Look at it this way- it's the newest major coaster in Britain at this time, sadly these things do happen. Also I suggest against anything to support it involving the smiler, like wearing t shirts with the smiler on, fundraising yes, but anything to do with the smiler, and wearing clothing no. Just try not to mention it, spread it on social media and stuff like that. The victims won't want to talk about or see the smiler, also I advise not to watch videos and unless staff talk about it to you don't start going on about it to them when the park re opens, people on park/working will not want to talk about it. Everyone was shaken by this, it's clear that no one wants to talk about it. If you saw the expression on people's faces, no one was smiling, the atmosphere was so horrible and tense the staff were speechless. I just think it would be horrible to have it bought up to the people that witnessed it/were on park, it's the last thing they want to know. All that matters is that everything is resolved, people are treated medically as well. People were affected pyschologically as well.(including many people on here and myself)
Basically, don't talk about it to people who don't want to talk about it- staff/riders/witnesses/people on park/people involved and anyone who is upset about it. If you were on park you will have likely seen the staff and everyone. The fact the area was busy at the time makes it distressing. Please do not take offence by this post, basically,
Just respect people affected as for many it could be one of the worst days ever, not just those injured, those on park, anyone, I wasn't on park but I have been extremely distressed, and after seeing pictures appear on social media, and just normal tv, it is hard to avoid. I'm just going to say. Do not post pictures/links to pages without warning, and always link to a page, instead of posting a photic in this topic. Many are distressed and it was sickening how it was reported on the news, reporters just kept asking if anyone had died, and filming. If you were on that train, you would not want people filming you in helicopters. It is lucky in a way no one has died, the force on them, the crush injuries could be enough to kill someone, it is just so, so lucky no one was in the train in front.
It will take a long, long time to get over this, you don't have to have been physically hurt to be in a bad psychological state. All respect for everyone at Alton Towers, including people working on the smiler. Sending hate towards anyone, pointing fingers and blaming is not good, when no one is sure.
Disney staff has been involved in things like this, and for some people the psychological pressure is just too much too cope with, even if it wasn't peoples fault, people can have post trauma injuries, people do have flashbacks and pointing fingers at ANYONE is bullying at this point. If someone accused you of assault, or causing something like this how would you feel, it's like being put in a psychological prison, for what happened and then been proven not guilty after you have served your sentence. That will be what people feel the guilt as. It's a criminal investigation and people are pointing fingers at people, without knowing anything. Imagine someone saying you had caused it, it was your fault etc, and then the investigation going on for a long time, you would feel the guilt as if you did it. Stress causes illness.
(If anyone finds this is offensive, or inappropriate, or upsetting in any way, shape or form I will remove it so please tell me)