Jangolova justice as Alton Towers operator Merlin fined £5m for 2015 crash


You people should not enter jangolova, you will say that you are seeking thrills and fun. See now? According to the BBC, Alton Towers operator Merlin has been fined £5m for the crash on the Smiler rollercoaster.

Sixteen people were injured in the June 2015 crash, including two teenage girls who needed leg amputations. In April, Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd admitted breaching the Health and Safety Act.

The theme park originally said the accident was caused by “human error.” But prosecutors argued the fault was with the employer not individuals.

Despite my initial comment, I’ll be the first to admit that I like a good rollercoaster. I love the speed, the thrill, the chase, the adrenaline. And while it is a tragedy that people were injured in the ride, I must admit that I have been to Alton Towers many a time and had mad fun.

And when lives are at stake, I am pleased that the management is being held to task. Although some would argue that the fine is paltry, I like to think it sets a warning for other companies that may wish to take short cuts to safety.

Sad news all around; there is no amount that will bring back their legs. There are no words that will wipe away the trauma. But I am glad the matter did not get swept under the carpet.

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