Alton Towers has partially opened again today after remaining closed following the horror crash on the Smiler ride.
After news emerged that one of the four people seriously injured, Leah Washington, has had to have her left leg amputated above the knee, further doubts have been cast over the safety of certain rides.
After reopening, the park certainly did not see queues of people waiting to enter at 10am as they normally would at this time of year.
Washington, 17, was on the front row of the carriage that crashed into another empty one in front of it, and her father claimed:
Leah has suffered a life-changing injury and now has many months of rehabilitation ahead of her.
We have done this to put people’s minds at rest and we would also ask everyone to respect Leah’s privacy as she undergoes this rehabilitation
We would like to thank all the emergency services at the scene and all the hospital staff who saved Leah’s life.
She also has a fractured hand, and the other three kids in the carriage have also suffered much publicised injuries, including two broken knees, internal injuries, leg and hand injuries and blood clots, with the park claiming they are ‘deeply saddened’ by the extent of the injures and fact that Leah has had to have her leg amputated.
The theme park is thought to have lost around £3 million due to the closures and you have to imagine that revenue will be further affected in the coming weeks, not to mention the hefty lawsuits that have been hinted at by at least two of the victims’ families, meaning that the bad press is set to roll on and on for Merlin.
That will come as little consolation to the injured riders who now have to face up to a different future than one they may have imagined.