Alton Towers to face charges over crash
The crash at Alton Towers, which resulted in some very serious injuries for those on the Smiler rollercoaster, is going to result in the owner of the theme park being prosecuted, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
While Merlin Entertainments said this week, that they'd seen a slight increase in annual profits, despite a big drop in people visiting Alton Towers, the HSE probe is going to see charges made.
"We have today informed Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd that it will be prosecuted for breaching health and safety law," the HSE said. "This was a serious incident with life-changing consequences for five people."
"We have conducted a very thorough investigation and consider that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution."
Merlin themselves have not made any comment about all this yet, but they'll be appearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 22nd April, according to the HSE.