Alton Towers to shut for fifth day

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Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Alton Towers is to remain closed for a fifth day after the rollercoaster crash which left four people seriously injured.

Officials confirmed that the park in north Staffordshire will not reopen tomorrow due to the ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident.

The park said guests with pre-booked tickets have the option to use their tickets tomorrow at an alternative attraction.

Those with pre-booked tickets can also obtain a full refund or alternative dated tickets.

Meanwhile, lawyers acting for one of the teenagers seriously injured in the crash said they expect a criminal prosecution to be seriously considered.

Vicky Balch, 19, from Leyland in Lancashire, remains in a “critical” condition in hospital, according to Paul Paxton, a partner at Stewarts Law.

He said yesterday: “Whilst it is anticipated that there will be a substantial claim for damages to support Victoria in her recovery, the main focus at present for the family is Victoria’s well-being and ensuring that the investigation into the accident is carried out swiftly and vigorously.

“They have every confidence in the police and the Health and Safety Executive.”

The other three seriously hurt have been named as Daniel Thorpe, a 27-year-old hotel assistant manager from Buxton in Derbyshire, textile design student Joe Pugh, 18, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and his girlfriend, Leah Washington, 17.

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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