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'Human error' caused Alton Towers crash, say theme park owners

The crash on the The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers in which five people including Barnsley teenagers Leah Washington and Joe Pugh were seriously injured was caused by "human error", the theme park's owner Merlin Entertainments has said.

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Louis Tomlinson sends message to Alton Towers victim

Louis supports injured fan Leah

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson says his thoughts are with 17-year-old Leah Washington from Barnsley, who had to have her left leg amputated after last week's crash on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers.

Leah is a big 1D fan and had been due to see them at Capital's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium last Saturday.

Her friend, Sara Stuart took to twitter to try and get the band to visit her in hospital as she continues to recover from surgery. And Louis Tomlinson, who is from nearby Doncaster tweeted back.

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