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Sunday 11 December 2016

Roller coaster victim wants ride shut

Victoria Balch (left) appearing the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC News, where she spoke of her determination to walk again before she graduates after she lot her leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash.
Victoria Balch (left) appearing the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC News, where she spoke of her determination to walk again before she graduates after she lot her leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash.

A woman who had her leg amputated after the Alton Towers' roller coaster crash wants The Smiler to be shut for good - as park bosses have spoken of reopening the ride.

Vicky Balch (20) said it was too soon to consider letting the public back on the ride, and wishes it could be shut altogether.

The student said the Staffordshire park boss, Nick Varney, had told her he believed the ride should open "as soon as possible".

She said: "I was upset because obviously, I don't want to hear that. It's still very raw."

Mr Varney has apologised to the four victims for the accident which left them seriously injured after the carriage they were in hit an empty test car on the tracks on June 2.

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