A video showing the moment a carriage on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers crashed into an empty car has been shown in court.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
Merlin, the operator of the park, has been told it should expect a "very large fine" for breaching health and safety.Read the full story ›
Thrill-seekers were reportedly suspended in mid-air for at least 30 minutes on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers theme park on Thursday.Read the full story ›
The owner of Alton Towers has admitted breaching health and safety laws over the Smiler rollercoaster crash.Read the full story ›
A woman who lost a leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash is now walking unaided with the help of a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg.Read the full story ›
Alton Towers rollercoaster Smiler has reopened, eight months after 20-year-old Vicky Balch lost a leg when it crashed.
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Miss Balch described the decision to reopen the ride to the public this weekend as "inappropriate and insensitive".
The owner of Alton Towers is to be prosecuted over crash in which five people were seriously injured, the Health and Safety Executive announced last month.
Today social media users reported "enthusiastic" crowds queued to get a ride on Smiler.
Vicky Balch, who lost a leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash, says the decision to reopen the Smiler this weekend is “inappropriate".Read the full story ›
Company faces court over rollercoaster accident in which five people were seriously injured.Read the full story ›