The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released pictures of the wrecked carriages from the Smiler crash.

In a statement, HSE said Merlin had "failed in its legal duty to protect people" on the ride.

Passengers had their legs crushed in the crash. Credit: Health and Safety Executive

We welcome the guilty plea entered by Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd. Merlin has acknowledged that it failed in its legal duty to protect people on the Smiler ride.

Neil Craig, head of operations for HSE in the Midlands
The damaged carriage where passengers were sitting. Credit: Health and Safety Executive
The Smiler ride was closed following the crash, but reopened in March, eight months after the crash. Credit: Health and Safety Executive