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Amputation for victim of Alton Towers roller coaster crash

08 June 2015

Following the Alton Towers 'Smiler' roller coaster crash on 2nd June, it has been announced that one of the passengers, 17 year old Leah Washington, has had her left leg amputated above the knee.

Leah was in the front carriage which crashed into another empty carriage on the line.

Other passengers who sustained injuries on the ride include: 27 year old Daniel Thorpe, who suffered a collapsed lung and fractured leg;  49 year old Chanda Singh, who has stomach injuries and a damaged liver; and 20 year old Vicky Balch, who following surgery is described as being in a 'serious but stable' condition. The other passengers in the front carriage are being treated for leg injuries and internal injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has removed the carriages involved in the incident and transported them to the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton for further analysis.

The investigation into the incident continues and HSE inspectors served a Prohibition notice on the roller coaster, stopping its use until action had been taken to deal with the cause of the failure. The ride reopened on 24 July, after it was reported that a piece of metal apparently fell from the track - with some visitors claiming that an object landed just feet away from a queue of people.

Neil Craig, head of operations for HSE in the Midlands said: "The Notice is specific to the ‘Smiler’ ride and does not affect other rides at the park. HSE expects the park operator to apply any early learning from the incident to wider risk management at the site. "The decision about when to re-open the Park is for the owners to make.”