A British court has fined Merlin Entertainments £5 million ($6.5 million) over a rollercoaster crash at its Alton Towers theme park in June last year that seriously injured five people. Rosanna Philpott reports.
Merlin fined £5mln over rollercoaster crash
This was the day in June last year that Alton Tower’s smiler rollercoaster crashed
sixteen people were injured – 5 seriously
Now the rides operator Merlin Entertainment has been slapped with a 5 million pound fine by a british court
Victims arriving with their families to hear the judgement read out on Tuesday – amongst them two teenage girls who lost their legs in the crash
After Walt Disney, Merlin is the world’s second biggest attractions group
they’ admitted breaching health and safety rules at Alton Towers – blaming human error
but prosecutors argue the fault was with the employers, not individuals
SOUNDBITE (English) NEIL CRAIG, HEAD OF HSE MIDLANDS, SAYING:
“This hearing is the first time that my clients have heard the full extent of the criticisms against merlin. to be candid tey have been shocked and dissapointed by the catalougue of errors. the list goes on and on”
Since the crash Alton Towers has upped safety measures across it’s rollercoasters,
but business is still suffering, and they predict it will take two years before visitor numbers return to normal.
The fine is thought to a be a record for the industry
and marks the end of what has been a painful chapter for the victims
but money alone is unlikely to make up for longterm losses.