A second victim has lost one of their legs after a crash on The Smiler earlier this month.

20-year-old Vicky Balch from Buxton, was one of the four seriously injured riders sitting on the front row when her train collided with another stationary train on Tuesday 2 June.

Vicky was sat next to Leah Washington, 17, from Barnsley who had her leg amputated above the left knee.

Miss Balch’s lawyer confirmed that she had her right leg amputated below her right knee earlier this morning after several bouts of surgery. She may also undergo further surgery to have a more acute amputation take place at a later date.

20-year-old Vicky Balch was on the roller coaster with her boyfriend, Daniel Thorpe when it crashed. Image credit: Facebook

20-year-old Vicky Balch was on the roller coaster with her boyfriend, Daniel Thorpe when it crashed. Image credit: Facebook

After the accident, Miss Balch spoke about her ordeal and explained how she thought she was going to die.

“It felt like slow motion. We banged into the car in front. I felt the bars go into my knees; we moved backwards and the car went into us again,” she said.

“I passed out. I was awoken by Dan shouting my name. Everyone was screaming and I was in excruciating pain. I looked down and I could see blood all over. The bars were in my right knee…

“The only thought that was going through my mind for the hours and hours that we were stuck was that we were going to die. If I was going to survive I would never walk again, that was certain.

“I thought it was never going to end. I just wanted to die.”

The dancer was 19-years-old at the time of the crash, before spending her 20th birthday in hospital.

Dan Wright

Dan is a graduate Journalism student who has been writing for Airgates since 2015. His passion and knowledge for the theme park industry sees him visiting theme parks across the world each year, mainly in Europe. Dan has appeared on behalf of Airgates on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield to part with his theme park/roller coaster knowledge to a public audience.

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