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Alton Towers owner faces rollercoaster crash prosecution

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it will prosecute entertainments company Merlin Attractions Operations over alleged failings that led to last year’s Alton Towers rollercoaster incident, which left five people seriously injured.

The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers
The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers | Image credit: ©REX Shutterstock

Two female passengers underwent leg amputations after ‘Smiler’ ride carriages crashed on 2 June. Three others were badly hurt. 

The HSE informed Merlin Attractions Operations of its prosecution today. The company will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme on 22 April to face a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. 

Neil Craig, head of operations for the HSE in the Midlands, said: “We have conducted a very thorough investigation and consider that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution.” 


Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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