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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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Safety measures at Alton Towers were 'not adequate'

Safety measures at Alton Towers were "not adequate", the company's chief executive has admitted as he defended the closure of three other rides across the country after a crash on ride The Smiler.

Four people were seriously injured when the ride smashed into an empty car left on the tracks.

Four people were injured in the crash on The Smiler Credit: PA

Nick Varney, who runs Merlin Entertainments, said he wanted to be able to "look everybody in the eye" and assure visitors they were not at risk.

He revealed the theme park company was adding "another layer" of safety measures to existing rides as a "precaution" against future accidents.

(Safety measures) clearly weren't adequate on Smiler, because the accident happened. We have taken steps to upgrade safety standards from what were already very stringent safety standards.

I want to be able to look everybody in the eye and promise them when they come to our parks and get on our rides that they are safe.

I think we have had very rigorous protocols across all our attractions. We have had the first - and I hope only accident - in one of our theme parks. We have to make sure that doesn't happen again.

– Nick Varney, Merlin Entertainments

The park has been closed since the crash on Tuesday, at an estimated cost of £500,000 a day.

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