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We often here about engagement stories that are rollercoasters of emotion that generally bring us to tears before anyone has even got down on one knee.

However, this story is quite literally a rollercoaster of emotion.

Austin Crecelius decided to propose to his girlfriend Allison Boyle at a very unusual location. He chose the the Holiday World Theme Park in Indiana. Specifically he chose the Voyage rollercoaster.

ABC News reported that Austin, who met Allison when they were both in their first year at Anderson University two years ago, “wanted to do something creative and exciting” with his proposal. We think he nailed it.

“In many talks we have had we talked about how ‘life is a roller coaster’ and it just seemed fit to propose on a roller coaster.”

Is it not a little risky to take your engagement ring on a roller coaster without it being attached to your hand securely? We’re trying to imagine the feeling of dropping an engagement ring mid-rollercoaster and it is not pleasant.

Luckily Austin had considered this and the ring he brought with him on the Voyage was a fake; he gave Allison the real one when they got off the ride. However, he did note on his YouTube channel that recording a roller coaster ride is not actually allowed in the theme park:

"Even though my friends helped capture this once-in-a-lifetime moment, it was brought to my attention that bringing a video recording device onto a roller coaster violates safety protocol. I want to apologize to Holiday World for breaking that rule and for any trouble this video may have caused."

“We are a somewhat goofy, quirky but fun couple. We don't like doing things the way other people do them, and at least from my perspective, a roller coaster proposal seemed to be our speed,” Allison added.

One of the four theme-park visitors who were seriously injured in a roller-coaster accident yesterday has reportedly lost a leg.

The group is made up of two men aged 27 and 18, and two teenage girls aged 17, and 19, but it is not yet know which individual underwent the amputation.

The accident took place at the famous Alton Towers in Staffordshire on The Smiler ride, which travels at speeds of up to 85km/h.

All four suffered “significant lower limb injuries” and were trapped in a carriage for “some time”.

The two-year-old attraction boasts a world-record 14 loops and cost €25m to create and build, but it has had a history of problems since being launched.

During a previous scare, 16 journalists were left stranded on The Smiler for a half an hour during a preview ride before it opened to the public in May 2013.

It took emergency services a total of five hours to cut all 16 passengers involved in the incident free from the wreckage yesterday – two were seen hanging terrified 7.5metres in the air upside down. 

Witnesses also describe seeing “blood everywhere”.

The roller-coaster ride, which lasts for a little under three minutes, had broken down earlier in the day and an empty cart was subsequently sent out for a test run.

A second cart filled with the 16 passengers then followed it – but it stalled before being catapulted from behind into the empty cart, which was also stationary at the time.

Thomas Healy, 26, a business manager at McDonald’s, told Mail Online he thought the full carriage was about to be evacuated when it stopped.

But he added: “Suddenly the carriage moved – almost as though staff hit the wrong button – and it went down the loop and then smashed into the empty carriage.

“It was horrendous. The impact was massive and the people at the front looked unconscious for a bit.

“The carriage was crushed at the front and they must have suffered leg injuries. 

“There was one guy whose head was covered in blood.”

Although the venue stayed open following the incident, Alton Towers last night tweeted that the resort will be closed today. It has also set up a helpline for those concerned about relatives or friends who may have been at the theme-park

It further said that a full investigation is now underway, and added that while The Smiler has had issues, “that’s normal for roller-coasters”.

In a statement last night, Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of Alton Towers, said: “This has been a terrible incident and a devastating day for everyone here.

“I would like to express my sincerest regret and apology to everyone who suffered injury and distress today and to their families.”

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Two Dutch grandmothers proved that there’s no age limit on new experiences.

Pals Ria, 78, and 71-year-old An – both from the Netherlands – nervously decided to fly on a plane for the first time.

To prepare, Ria rode a roller coaster – something she’d also never done before. She seemed to enjoy it anyway!

Later, the pair took their first flight through a marketing campaign by Vodafone which showcases people experiencing activities for the first time.

The company provided them with a private jet from Amsterdam to Barcelona, and a tablet device to keep in contact with their families when they touched down.