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Smiler crash 'equivalent of family car crashing at 90mph'

The Smiler ride at Alton Towers has since been closed. Credit: PA

The force of the Smiler rollercoaster crash was equivalent to a family car crashing at 90mph, a court heard.

Those who were injured were all sat on the front row of the ride - which had already experienced a fault that day.

Despite another ride closing due to high winds, Smiler stayed open.

Prosecutors said it was likely the 46mph winds which caused the carriage to stall.

But it was "human errors" which left two teenagers needing leg amputations and several others seriously hurt.

Alton Towers owners Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd have been told to expect a "very large fine" after admitting health and safety breaches.

They are expected to be sentenced on Tuesday.


Man on crutches dies from injuries after hit-and-run

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A pedestrian who was struck by a car while on crutches has died of his injuries in hospital.

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

As well as a 78-year-old man for alleged drink-driving following collision in the early hours of Sunday.

Police are asking for help to identify the victim who was hit by a vehicle which failed to stop on Lawley Middleway in Birmingham.

Both suspects have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Collision investigators are urging anyone with information about the victim to make contact with West Midlands Police.

At this stage, we are not able to let his family or next-of-kin know what has happened.

The man is described as white, possibly Eastern European, with dark hair, a moustache and a goatee beard. He was wearing Nike trainers, Adidas bottoms and a Next jacket.

He walked with crutches which were possibly used as a result of a previous leg operation which doctors believe was not performed in the UK.

– Sergeant Paul Hughes

Leicester City in training ahead of Porto game

Leicester City are in training today ahead of their first Champions League home game against Portuguese side Porto at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes have had the perfect debut in the competition so far with a 3-0 win at Club Brugge earlier this month.


Motorcyclist dies after collision with car on A5

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car on the A5 this morning.

It happened on the road between Queens Head and Oswestry at about 7.30am this morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said despite best efforts, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

The man driving the car was shaken by what had happened, but was uninjured and was discharged.

The A5 in Shropshire will be closed until further notice. Credit: OPU Shropshire
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Smiler crash victims arrive at court ahead of sentencing

Joe Pugh and Leah Washington (holding hands) and Vicky Balch (in red dress). Credit: ITV News

Victims of the Smiler rollercoaster crash have arrived at court ahead of the ride's operator being sentenced for health and safety breaches.

Joe Pugh and Leah Washington were pictured along with Vicky Balch, who now has to wear a prosthetic leg.

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd have been told to expect a "very large fine" after admitting charges at an earlier hearing.

The two-day sentencing is taking place at Stafford Crown Court.

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