Alton Towers Fined £5 Million

Life Changing Injuries

Alton Towers Fined £5 Million

A plea of guilty plea by Alton Towers Theme Park (run by Merlin Entertainments) saved the Company £2.5 million had they failed to admit liability and take the action to court to fight the tragic non-fatal accident claim being made against it.

In a well publicised case in June 2015 several people sustained life changing injuries when the “Smiler” roller coaster crashed into an empty carriage.  The train had 16 passengers and two teenage girls required amputations to their legs.

Fatal Accident Claims


Judge Michael Chambers QC was of the view the tragic collision involving the Smiler at Alton Towers Theme Park in June 2015 resulted in a “catastrophic failure.

The Judge was of the view that:

This was a needless and avoidable accident in which those who were injured were lucky not to be killed,” he said.

Whilst the crash was a foreseeable event the Judge at Court accepted the that Merlin Entertainment had made steps to remedy the problems that led to the crash.

A full assessment of the court hearing and the events leading up to this tragic non-fatal accident claim can be found on the BBC website: Smiler Crash Alton Towers.

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Posted: October 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm