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Reports: Guests evacuated from rollercoaster at Alton Towers

There are reports people have had to be evacuated from a rollercoaster at Alton Towers after a power outage caused the ride to stop midway.

Pictures on social media show people on the rollercoaster Th13teen, which appears to have broken down.


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Alton Towers victim has leg amputated after surgery

A student who suffered life-changing injuries in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has had her right leg amputated, her lawyers have said.

Victoria Balch. Credit: Facebook

This morning, my client, Vicky Balch, has had her right leg amputated below the knee. Vicky has had a long and incredibly painful fight to retain her leg. Regrettably, her bravery has not been rewarded.

The step was taken to remove the leg following seven bouts of surgery. Further surgery will be required in the immediate future, which may involve a more acute amputation.

– Paul Paxton, Stewarts Law

Ms Balch is the second of the crash victims to lose a limb; Leah Washington had to have her left leg amputated earlier this month.

Alton Towers crash victim released from hospital

18-year-old Joe Pugh has been discharged from the Royal Stoke University Hospital after being seriously injured in the crash on the Smiler roller coaster.

Joe Pugh suffered two shattered knees in the crash at Alton Towers earlier this month. Credit: ITV News Central

Both of Joe's knees were shattered in the crash as the carriage he was sat in crashed with a test vehicle.

He also suffered injuries to his hand.

Joe's girlfriend Leah Washington (17), who was being treated at the same hospital, needed to have a left leg amputated above the knee after as her crash injuries were so severe.

Alton Towers has already offered temporary relief payments to those injured in the crash. Credit: ITV News Central
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Alton Towers releases interim payments to rollercoaster crash victims

Alton Towers has released interim payments to assist with the rehabilitation of a Barnsley couple who were left seriously injured after a rollercoaster crashed. The Smiler ride has been closed since the incident which saw Leah Washington have to have her leg amputated, with her boyfriend Joe Pugh also suffering serious injuries.

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