Editorial: Smiler victims need better guidance

Smiler crash victims attend court

It is time that the seriously injured victims of Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster accident were helped to move on with their lives properly.

It would appear that they are being poorly advised – and possibly even encouraged – to continuously relive the horrendous accident.

The numerous television appearances and newspaper interviews where they are asked for their views on the latest happenings with the ride are not helping them to make peace with what happened.

There was also no sense in the victims attending court yesterday.

If they weren’t aware that Merlin Entertainments would be pleading guilty, their representatives should have made them aware.

There will be no trial, no gruelling process of Merlin fighting the case, and therefore no show of strength from the victims is necessary.

While Merlin’s apologies, offers of support and admission of guilt can never make up for what happened, there is nothing more that could be realistically asked of the company.

While the bloodsucking publicists and lawyers will be long gone once they’ve extracted what they can, the victims will still have a great deal of moving on to do in order to rebuild their lives.