Alton Towers crash victim Daniel Thorpe, from Buxton, hails “fantastic” work of medics

The aftermath of the Smiler accident at Alton Towers
The aftermath of the Smiler accident at Alton Towers

A Buxton man who was seriously injured in a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has praised the “fantastic” work of the emergency services and hospital staff who have been treating him.

Daniel Thorpe, 27 from Harpur Hill, was on the Smiler ride at the theme park last week when two carriages crashed, leaving some passengers trapped for four-and-a-half hours some 25ft up in the air.

Daniel is said to be recovering well at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire from injuries sustained to his lower legs, and a spokesperson today (Thursday) confirmed that his condition is stable.

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Speaking from his hospital bed, Daniel said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support which has been a great comfort to me at this time.

“In particular the emergency services, doctors, nurses and the rest of the team who have been looking after me and my family during this time have been fantastic.

“I’m now looking forward to getting better, getting home and getting back to normal.”

Three other people were seriously injured in the accident and were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. They are Vicky Balch, 19, from Leyland in Lancashire, and Joe Pugh, 18, and his girlfriend Leah Washington, 17, both from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Another 12 people involved in the crash required medical treatment.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, where carriages involved in the accident have been removed and transported for inspection.