LIVE: Alton Towers owner in court over The Smiler accident
The Smiler rollercoaster crash which left five passengers with life-changing injuries was like a 90mph car accident, a court heard.
Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd is facing a fine of up to £10 million - and possibly more - after admitting a health and safety breach on the thrill-ride.
The case began yesterday at Stafford Crown Court and resumes today.
Vicky Balch, then 19, and Leah Washington, then 17, who each lost a leg in the crash in June last year, and several other people who were trapped for hours attended Stafford Crown Court on Monday for the sentencing... read more
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