Alton Towers owner fined £5m
Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions has been fined £5m over the rollercoaster crash which caused a Leyland teenager to lose a leg.
Fellow front-row passengers Joe Pugh and Daniel Thorpe, and Chandaben Chauhan, who was sitting in the second row, were also seriously injured.
Stafford Crown Court heard the victims had watched with “disbelief and horror” before ploughing into an empty carriage on the track, with the impact likened by the prosecution to a 90mph car crash.
The company was fined after the court heard that an engineer “felt pressure” to get the Smiler ride back into service... read more
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