Following the horrific crash in theme park Alton Towers in June last year, the owners of the theme park have been fined £5 million.

The accident occurred when a carriage full of people was mistakenly activated and ultimately collided with a stationary carriage on the same track.   It was reported that engineers overrode the control system for the ride, “The Smiler” without sufficient knowledge and understanding to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Investigators later concluded that the root cause of the crash was “a lack of detailed, robust arrangements for making safety critical decisions.   The whole system, from training through to fixing faults, was not strong enough to stop a series of errors by staff when working with people on the ride.”

Alton Towers has since made technical improvements to the ride and the safety systems in place.   “The Smiler” was introduced and opened in Spring 2013 and holds the world record for most inversions on a roller-coaster.   The inversions turn riders upside-down and then return them to an upright position.

Sixteen people were injured during the crash, which has been reported as being similar to a car accident at 90mph.   The injuries suffered by many of the sixteen were significant and life changing.   Two of the victims required partial leg amputation as a result of the injuries suffered.   The Judge commented that “This was a needless and avoidable accident in which those injured were fortunate not to have been killed or bled to death.”

Whilst no monetary value can ever replace missing limbs, at Ringrose Law, our specialist Personal Injury department knows that serious injuries can have lifelong implications, which is why we work hard with our clients and experts to ensure that all our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

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