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£5m fine over Alton Towers crash

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>> This was the day in June last year that Alton Towers Smiler roller coaster crashed, 16 people were injured, five seriously. Now the ride's operator Merlin Entertainment has been slapped with a 5 million pound fine by a British court. Victim's arriving with their families to hear the judgement read out on Tuesday, amongst them, two teenage girls who lost their legs in the crash.
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After Walt Disney, Merlin is the world's second biggest attractions group, they admitted breaching health, and safety rules in Alton Towers blaming human error, but prosecutors argue, the fault was with the employers not individuals.>> This affordable incident happened, because Merlin failed to put in place, systems that would allow their engineers to work safely, on the ride whilst it was running.
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>> Since the crash Alton Towers has upped safety measures across its rollercoasters, but business is still suffering, and they predict it'll take two years before visitor numbers return to normal. The fine is thought to be a record for the industry, and marks the end of what has been a painful chapter for the victims, but money alone is unlikely to make up for long term losses.