Merlin Will Be Prosecuted Over the Smiler Crash at Alton Towers

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Alton Towers owner Merlin Attractions Operation Ltd is due in court this April, and faces prosecution after last year's devastating rollercoaster crash. Five people were seriously injured when their carriage smashed into a stationary carriage on the Smiler in June, with two of those losing a leg as a result of the accident.

Merlin faces charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on April 22nd. "This was a serious incident with life-changing consequences for five people," said Neil Craig, head of operations for The Health and Safety Executive in the Midlands. "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."

In the aftermath of the incident, it was revealed that emergency services weren't called until 11 minutes after the collision, and some of the victims were left stuck 25ft off the ground, at an angle of 45 degrees, for up to four-and-a-half hours. [BBC]