Last week, 16 people, four seriously, were injured in a crash that occurred on The Smiler, a ride at Alton Towers. The theme park reopened for the first time since the incident today, the same day doctors confirmed one victim lost her leg in the tragic accident. 


Leah Washington was on the ride with her boyfriend Joe Pugh, who suffered two broken knees and extensive hand injuries, according to University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Sadly, Leah’s injuries were so severe medical professionals were forced to amputate one of her legs above the knee in order to save her life.


Leah’s father, David Washington, issued a statement following the news today, saying: "We would like to thank our family and friends and all the well-wishers for their support. Leah has suffered a life-changing injury and now has many months of rehabilitation ahead of her. We have done this to put people's minds at rest and we would also ask everyone to respect Leah's privacy as she undergoes this rehabilitation. We would like to thank all the emergency services at the scene and all the hospital staff who saved Leah's life."


An Alton Towers spokeswoman said they were “deeply saddened by Leah’s news”, saying: "All our thoughts are with her and her family. We have made contact with all the families and have assured them that we will provide full support to all of those involved now, and throughout their recovery and rehabilitation."



Our thoughts are with Leah and her family at this difficult time.