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FILE PICTURE – Aerial view of the closed Smiler ride at Alton Towers. Staffordshire. Alton Towers bosses were blasted yesterday (Mon) after they vowed to RE-OPEN The Smiler rollercoaster. See NTI story NTISMILER. The shock announcement came on the day one of the victims of last week’s horror crash, Leah Washington, 17, had her leg amputated above her left knee. Three other people, Daniel Thorpe, 20, Vicky Balch, 20, and Leah’s boyfriend Joe Pugh, 18, remain in hospital with serious injuries. A further 12 people were hurt after The Smiler smashed into an empty carriage last Tuesday (2/6). Yesterday the attraction, run by Merlin Entertainments, re-opened its doors but cordoned off the £18million rollercoaster while the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducts an investigation into the horror crash. Another white-knuckle rollercoaster, The Spinball, has also been closed until further notice while extra safety measures are put into place. Bosses claimed the disaster had not put off visitors attending the Staffordshire theme park – which lost around £3million in revenue since the crash.

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