Alton Towers Smiler crash victims to sue park owners

A Smiler carriage crashed into an empty car Credit: PA

Lawyers for two women who had leg amputations after a crash on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers have confirmed they are suing for damages.

Vicky Balch and Leah Washington were among those left badly injured following the accident at the theme park in June 2015. Both have been having ongoing rehabilitation since the incident.

Lawyers representing victims of the Smiler crash today said they have served court proceedings on Merlin Attractions Operations Limited (Merlin) for damages.

Meera Chauhan and Vanisha Singh from Walsall were also injured in the crash. Lawyers say they have been dealing with the ongoing psychological effect on their lives.

Vicky Balch (fourth from left) and Leah Washington (right) both lost a leg in the crash. Joe Pugh (second right) was also seriously injured. Credit: PA

Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions was fined five million pounds at Stafford Crown Court in 2016, after admitting health and safety breaches over the Smiler rollercoaster crash. The fine is believed to be a record for the industry.