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Rollercoaster crash victim 'angry' with Alton Towers

The boyfriend of a teenager who had her leg amputated after The Smiler ride crash said Alton Towers should have known there was something wrong with the ride.

Joe Pugh, who was on the rollercoaster with his girlfriend, Leah Washington, at Alton Towers, was giving his views nearly two weeks after the crash that left his knees shattered.

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Alton Towers boss apologises for 'terrible incident'

Sixteen people were trapped on the roller coaster after a collision this afternoon. Credit: ITV News

Alton Towers Resort has apologised to all of the people who were affected by the roller coaster accident at the park today which left four people seriously injured.

Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainments, which runs the resort, described the collision, in which two men aged 27 and 18 and two females aged 19 and 17 suffered serious leg injuries, as "a terrible incident."

This has been a terrible incident and a devastating day for everyone here.

I would like to express my sincerest regret and apology to everyone who suffered injury and distress today and to their families.

The safety of our visitors is our primary concern. The park will remain closed until we understand better the cause of this dreadful incident.I would like to thank the emergency services for their swift and effective response today - they were outstanding.

A full investigation is now under way and we will continue to work closely with the emergency services and the Health and Safety Executive.

– Nick Varney

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