Alton Towers crash amputee Leah Washington celebrates buying her first home with boyfriend Joe Pugh – six years after they survived rollercoaster collision on their first date
Alton Towers Smiler crash survivor Leah Washington has bought her first home with boyfriend Joe Pugh, six years after the rollercoaster they were riding on their first date collided with an empty carriage.
The brave amputee, 24, van Suid-Yorkshire, who has garnered an almost 25,000-strong following on Instagram by sharing her progress since the shocking accident that summer, shared a picture from what appeared to be the stylish walk-in-wardrobe of their new home.
Throwing up a peace sign as Joe, 25, stood in the background holding a moving in box, Leah wrote: Est. 11/2021, referring to the date they moved into their Yorkshire Bungalow this month.
Leah was forced to undergo a leg amputation as a result of the horror crash six years ago.
Alton Towers Smiler crash survivor Leah Washington has bought her first home with boyfriend Joe Pugh, six years after the rollercoaster they were riding on their first date collided with an empty carriage
Joe also shared a snap last week as they shopped for picture frames in Ikea, skryfwerk: ‘Ikea? Completed it mate. Minder as 4 days until me and leah move in together (me annoying her for the foreseeable)’
Joe also shared a snap last week as they shopped for picture frames in Ikea, skryfwerk: ‘Ikea? Completed it mate. Minder as 4 days until me and leah move in together (me annoying her for the foreseeable)’.
And Leah’s mother commented on the post, skryfwerk: ‘Our little girl’s flown the nest! But we are very proud and happy for you both. Xxx’.
The couple celebrated by spending the weekend at Champneys in Cheshire, enjoying a plush dinner and sharing a glimpse at their stunning bedroom complete with four poster bed.
Last year Joe revealed during a Q&A having spent lockdown isolating together, the couple plan to move in together permanently when it is lifted.
The couple celebrated by spending the weekend at Champneys in Cheshire, enjoying a plush dinner
They shared a glimpse at their stunning bedroom complete with four poster bed
The couple celebrated in style by enjoying a weekend at the luxury spa hotel
Leah was on her first proper date with boyfriend Joe Pugh when the Smiler rollercoaster carriage smashed into a stationary train at Alton Towers, in Staffordshire, during June 2015.
Leah from Barnsley, was one of two young passengers who lost a leg while Joe, suffered devastating injuries himself including two shattered kneecaps.
In spite the trauma of the crash, the pair have stayed together and often post pictures of their days out on social media.
Despite having a state-of-the-art £60,000 prosthetic leg which allows her to walk unaided, the teenager still suffers crippling pain and fatigue after standing for long periods.
An investigation into the 2015 accident concluded that the crash was due to human error; an engineer had wrongly restarted the ride while a stationary carriage was on the track in front of it.
Alton Towers owner Merlin Attractions were fined £5million for health and safety breaches which were blasted by Judge Michael Chambers QC as a ‘catastrophic failure’.
They were fined an initial £5million, and interim payments have covered Leah and Joe’s medical and physio bills to date – but the pair have also submitted a ‘substantial’ compensation claim.
Leah’s £60,000 prosthetic leg – which contains a microprocessor knee – will need replacing every few years, which will amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds over her lifetime.
Brave Leah was forced to undergo a lower leg amputation as a result of the horror crash six years ago
Wat het gebeur tydens die Alton Towers Smiler-ongeluk?
Op Junie 2, 2015, besoekers is van die Alton Towers Smiler-rit verwyder nadat 'n waarskuwingslig 'n fout aangedui het.
Personeel het 'n toets trein om die baan gestuur, maar dit het dit nie reggekry nie. As gevolg van 'n onderbreking in kommunikasie, personeel het nie besef dat die wa nog op die baan sit nie.
Passasiers is weer aangestuur, maar toe die eerste rytuig rondtrek, die rekenaarstelsel het dit gestop omdat dit gewys het dat iets die baan versper.
Ingenieurs was nog nie daarvan bewus dat daar 'n vyfde wa op die baan gesit het nie en 'n fout wat deur die rekenaarstelsel opgespoor is, oortree het, stuur die rit in 'n leë wa met die krag van 'n 90 km / h motorongeluk '.
Ten minste 16 beseer en vyf mense is ernstig beseer.
Leah Washington van Barnsley, Suid-Yorkshire, en Vicky Balch van Leyland, Lancashire, is albei gedwing om beenamputasies te ondergaan as gevolg van die verskrikking.
The Smiler op Alton Park, waar 16 mense is beseer in a 2015 botsing (lêer prentjie). In 'n ondersoek is bevind dat 'n rekenaarblok wat die rit stop as gevolg van 'n stilstaande motor op die baan, deur personeel oorval is, die ongeluk veroorsaak
Joe Pugh, ook van Barnsley, en Daniel Thorpe, 28, van Buxton, Derbyshire, het ook ernstige beenbeserings opgedoen, saam met die 49-jarige Chandaben Chauhan.
Die vasgekeerde rygangers moes langer as vier uur wag om bevry te word van die verfrommelde rytuig terwyl reddingswerkers gesukkel het om hulle te bereik terwyl hulle 25 voet in die lug gesit het teen 'n hoek van ongeveer 45 grade, vasgesteek deur die gebreekte metaal.