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Surgery for Alton Towers victim

Published 06/06/2015

Alton Towers will be closed for a fifth day following the accident involving the Smiler ride
Alton Towers will be closed for a fifth day following the accident involving the Smiler ride

A student who suffered potentially life-changing injuries in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash is still undergoing surgery, her lawyers have said.

Victoria Balch, who is 20 today, is not in a life-threatening condition, as previously thought, law firm Stewarts said in a statement.

Miss Balch, from Leyland in Lancashire, was among four people who suffered serious leg injuries after two carriages collided at the Staffordshire theme park on Tuesday.

Paul Paxton, a partner at Stewarts Law, said the international spa management student and her family remained grateful for the stream of good wishes they have received.

Commenting on the latest legal position, Mr Paxton said: "We have contacted the Health and Safety Executive and hope to be able to discuss with Merlin's insurers and their legal team as early as next week."

Meanwhile, Alton Towers is to remain closed tomorrow due to the ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident.

The park said guests with pre-booked tickets have the option to use their tickets on Sunday at an alternative attraction.

Those with pre-booked tickets can also obtain a full refund or alternative dated tickets.

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