Alton Towers faces large fine


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Posted on 23 Apr 2016

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd has been prosecuted over an incident in which five people were seriously injured on a rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers.

Two female passengers on the ‘Smiler’ ride suffered leg amputations and three others were also seriously injured when their carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track. 

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd is the company responsible for Alton Towers and under health and safety law is responsible for managing the risks created by the operation of the theme park’s rides.

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd entered a guilty plea acknowledging that it failed in its legal duty to protect people on the Smiler ride. 

The judge warned that the company may be ordered to pay a very large fine.

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