How much compensation did The Smiler crash victims get?
A woman who lost her leg in an Alton Towers rollercoaster crash in 2015 has received a multi-million pound payout for the incident. Vicky Balch says she has endured a wretched four years after the car she was riding in struck an empty carriage stranded on the track of The Smiler ride.
Has anyone died on The Smiler?
What happened? Two teenagers – Vicky Balch, then 19, and Leah Washington, then 17 – each lost a leg in the collision in June.
Are Joe Pugh and Leah Washington still together?
In spite the trauma of the crash, the pair have stayed together and often post pictures of their days out on social media. Despite having a state-of-the-art £60,000 prosthetic leg which allows her to walk unaided, the teenager still suffers crippling pain and fatigue after standing for long periods.
What happened to The Smiler Alton Towers?
Visitors to Alton Towers were left hanging 100ft in the air when a rollercoaster stopped mid-way round the track. Two teenagers had legs amputated after a crash between two carriages on the rollercoaster in 2015. …
How much did Smiler cost?
18 million GBP
How did the girl lose her leg on the smiler?
Leah, of Barnsley, was riding in the front carriage with her boyfriend Joe Pugh when it smacked into another cart and left them trapped for more than four hours. An investigation found an engineer had wrongly restarted the Smiler ride while a stationary carriage was on the track in front of it.
How much compensation did Leah Washington get?
They were fined an initial £5million, and interim payments have covered Leah and Joe’s medical and physio bills to date – but the pair have also submitted a ‘substantial’ compensation claim.
What happened to Leah Washington?
Leah Washington from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and Vicky Balch from Leyland, Lancashire, were both forced to undergo leg amputations as a result of the horror crash.
How much was the Alton Towers settlement?
Alton Towers was fined £5million. She said that the lengthy process of deciding on compensation involved lawyers estimating how many children she hoped to have and exactly how the disability would affect the rest of her life. The payout covers a lifetime of physio, treatment and prosthetics.