Merlin Entertainments plead guilty to Smiler crash

The parent company of Alton Towers have pleaded guilty after the accident that occurred last summer.

The news comes as the Health and Safety executive have also published new images revealing the damage sustained to one of the trains involved in the accident.

In a statement, Neil Craig, Head of Operations for HSE in the Midlands commented:

“We welcome the guilty plea entered by Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd. Merlin has acknowledged that it failed in its legal duty to protect people on the Smiler ride.

“Those injured on 2 June last year had every right to expect a carefree and fun day out.

“The incident was profoundly distressing for everyone involved, both physically and mentally. It left some with life changing injuries.

“We hope this first milestone will help those affected to continue their recovery from this tragic incident.”

The company is alleged to have breached Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which states:

“It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.”

GALLERY: The damaged Smiler train involved in the accident,/h3>

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Images by Health and Safety Executive.