MP demands answers from Alton Towers over horror crash that injured young Barnsley couple

The Smiler ride at Alton Towers
The Smiler ride at Alton Towers
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Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has demanded a swift investigation into the horror crash at Alton Towers that seriously injured a young South Yorkshire couple.

He made the call as it emerged today 17-year-old Leah Washington has had her left leg amputated to above the knee, while 18-year-old Joe Pugh broke both knees.

Leah Washington

Leah Washington

The couple were among the most seriously-injured victims of the crash on The Smiler ride last Tuesday.

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Mr Dugher has written to Nick Varney, Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainments, which runs the Alton Towers theme park, demanding swift answers on the circumstances that resulted in the injuries to Leah, from Gawber, and Joe, from Ardsley.

He has called on the theme park to work swiftly in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the facts and to take action to review safety standards.

Mr Dugher said: “I was very sad to learn the extent of the injuries suffered by the Barnsley couple in last week’s terrible and shocking incident at Alton Towers.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Joe Pugh and Leah Washington, as well as their families, and I am sure that all of Barnsley will be thinking of them at this difficult time.

“The cause of the incident at the theme park is still unclear and Alton Towers must work urgently in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the facts so we can get to the bottom of what happened. Swiftly.

“It is simply horrifying that this young Barnsley couple travelled to Alton Towers for a day of fun and were involved in a terrible incident like this. We need answers now from Alton Towers.”