Alton Towers Sued For Millions
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Alton Towers could be sued for millions following The Smiler crash which took place in June 2015.


Since The Smiler crash which took place at Alton Towers in June 2015, there has been lots of speculation whether the ride should've re-opened or whether it should've remained closed to the public.

The tragic accident saw multiple people who were on the ride leaving with life-changing injuries after a cart collided with another on the rollercoaster track. Some of the people included in the crash included Leah Washington and Vicky Balch - both came away with life-changing injuries.


Pictured: Leah Washington, Vicky Balch, and her boyfriend, Joe Pugh.

Both Leah and Vicky lost a leg and were sat at the front of the carriage when they collided. They plan to sue Alton Towers owner, Merlin Entertainments for millions of pounds.

Merlin Entertainments have already been fined £5million for the crash. Some say the fine was too light and should've been tighter.

It is predicted Merlin will have to pay an extra £2million to both Leah and Vicky.

Their legal teams said the crash was a result of "negligence and/or breach of statutory duty"

Other victims, Meera Chauhan and her daughter, Vanisha Singh have also filed a lawsuit against the park for the psychological injuries the crash caused to the victims.


The Smiler opened to the public in 2013. It is a record beater for the number of inversions - the number of times you go upside down - in the world. The ride has 14 inversions in total. It beat Thorpe Park's colossus, which has a total of 10 inversions.

The ride was built and manufactured by Gerstlauer. The total cost of the ride was £18m. Similar rides to this include SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park and Speed at Oakwood Theme Park, Wales. 


The smiler crashed on the lower level of the track, leaving passengers waiting to go to hospital for hours.

It was a busy day at Alton Towers, so the ride operator decided to put another train on the track, increasing from four trains on the track to five trains. 

The ride was also operating in high winds. The speed of wind on the day was 46mph - the advised maximum for the ride to operate in is 34mph.

The ride had a fault - it displayed a warning light on the control panel. The ride operator decided to remove people from the rollercoaster and contact the park's rollercoaster engineer to fix the problems.

The engineer again sent another train around the track. However, this train does not complete one of the loops on the track. The engineer was not aware of this, so they re-opened the ride to the public.

The first train with riders was halted at the top of the first lift hill as the ride's computer sensed that the track was occupied by another train ahead. The engineer at this point did not know that there were five trains currently on the track - he thought there were only four on the track at the time, so he restarted the ride as he believed the ride computer had a malfunction. This train then crashed with the train that hadn't completed the loop later on the track.

The engineer said he felt pressured to fix the ride as soon as possible has he was "promised financial rewards" if he could cut downtime to as low as possible. The ride closed for the rest of 2015 and re-opened in 2016. As a result of this, Alton Towers shut for a few weeks whilst health and safety boards inspected each rides and made upgrades to ensure that they are safe. Also, similar rides such as SAW: The Ride in Thorpe Park closed for a couple of weeks following The Smiler incident.