Leyland teenager hurt in Alton Towers accident

The ride at Alton Towers
The ride at Alton Towers
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A Leyland teenager was one of those injured in the Alton Towers theme park rollercoaster crash.

Victoria Balch, 19, remained in hospital in the Midlands on Thursday.

It is understood her family has travelled from their home in Moss Side to be with her.

Four people on the ride are said to have suffered serious injuries – Miss Balch, Daniel Thorpe, 27, from Buxton in Derbyshire, textile design student Joe Pugh, 18, and his girlfriend Leah Washington, 17.

There was no answer at the Balch family’s bungalow in the small cul de sac in Leyland where they live.

Neighbours were saying little about the accident, which happened at the theme park on Tuesday.

However, one resident said Miss Balch’s mother had returned to the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

The man said he did not know how badly Miss Balch had been injured, but that the teenager was waiting to see a specialist.

Alton Towers was closed for a third day as health and safety inspectors combed the site in Staffordshire for clues to what caused the rollercoaster crash.

Sixteen people in total were injured when two carriages on the £18m Smiler ride collided.

The resort, which is run by Merlin Entertainments, has been shut to the public since the incident on Tuesday afternoon, with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on site.

Witnesses said the ride had experienced technical difficulties earlier in the day, with some claiming that the empty cart involved in the crash had been on a test run when it came to stop. The four people who suffered serious injuries were airlifted to major trauma centres, after the 16 occupants were rescued from 25ft in the air.