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Compensation Payout For Alton Towers Crash Victims
Heart's been told compensation for the victims of last week's rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers in Staffordshire is likely to run into the millions.
The owners of the park - Merlin - have confirmed they'll pay compensation to the 16 on the carriage.
It emerged yesterday 17-year-old Leah Washington had to have one of her legs amputated after the crash.
Nick Varney, CEO Merlin Entertainments said: "We are deeply saddened by the news about Leah and all our thoughts are with her and her family.
"We cannot undo the events of last week but everyone in the company and at Alton Towers is determined to do all we can to provide appropriate support to those who were injured and their families."
The park added that over the course of the weekend it's written again to all of the 16 people involved or to their families.
These letters were all hand delivered by Alton Towers representatives.
"Irrespective of the outcome of the current investigations into the causes of the accident, in these letters we have accepted full responsibility to those who had been injured in the accident and confirmed that we will ensure that compensation will be provided to them.
"We have recommended each of the injured guests or their families instruct a lawyer and submit a claim for compensation which we will ensure is dealt with swiftly and sensitively."
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