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Alton Towers Smiler Crash: Leah Washington On Twitter Trolls

November 10, 2015

A teenager whose leg was amputated after a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has revealed that she has been targeted by Twitter trolls.

Leah Washington said she had been sent “upsetting” messages online, including by people saying they would be prepared to “lose a leg for £1m” compensation.

The 18-year-old from Barnsley was one of five people who suffered severe injuries on the Smiler ride on 2 June.

Ms Washington also fractured her hand in the crash at the Staffordshire park.

Speaking to Capital FM, she said: “I don’t think people understand how much my life has changed.

“People say ‘Oh, I’d lose a leg for millions of pounds’, but they wouldn’t because they don’t understand everything else that comes along with it – the pain, the physio, the learning to walk again.

“It is so much and so not worth the money.”


Ms Washington, who was on the front row of a car when it crashed into an empty one in front, said she had also been sent messages by people saying they could not wait for the ride to re-open.

“It’s upsetting to think that people want to go on the ride after what’s happened to us, just because it is more of a thrill,” she said.

“It is quite upsetting when you are getting messages on Twitter saying ‘Oh I can’t wait for it to re-open’.

“If they think that, let them think that, but don’t message us. What we’ve been through is enough.”

Three other front-row riders sustained serious leg injuries, while a fifth person was treated for internal injuries.

The park’s owners, Merlin Entertainments, said up to 190 jobs could be lost following a drop in revenue as a result of the crash.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2015 12:05 am

    Leah Washington, you invite comments by appearing in the meeja.

    • November 10, 2015 12:25 am

      Don’t make such a ridiculous comment . The accident was a major incident resulting in multiple severe injuries to. A number of innocent victims. Being in the media was a consequence of that and those who choose to make insulting and thoughtless comments against her or others, should look in the mirror before accusing victims of inviting comments. You have clearly no idea what the people went through and the pain , suffering and mental and physical scars that sort of accident would create. There’s absolutely no need for your offensive attitude or anyone who else who has chosen to give the victims the benefit of their small minds!

  2. Alan Phillips permalink
    November 14, 2015 3:18 am

    I sgree agree with John above she has a right to answer back as for slap its what he or she deserves!!!
    We are dealing here with the politics of envy. If you have it and I don’t its wrong!
    I have the pain of damaged limbs following an accident ut not half the degree of Leah’s and no where near the compensation but I don’t t envy her payment she is a young women and will have much to pay for in the coming years and with a payout of that magnitude without much help.
    Good luck Leah I believe finding work and a peaceful comfortable life with that sort of money in the bank you may well need it!

  3. November 14, 2015 7:01 am

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

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