Case report on The Smiler incident at Alton Towers

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

I hereby formally request a copy of the HSE investigation report into the Smiler crash at Alton Towers.

Sufficient time has passed since trial and sentencing for the release of the files concerning the investigation to have no effect on any legal proceedings as they have now concluded.

Yours faithfully,

Jack H

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Our ref: 201701024/MLS

Date: 5^th January 2017





Dear Jack H


Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 201701024


Thank you for your request for information about:


The accident on the Smiler Ride at Alton Towers


Your request was received on 4^th January 2017 and I am dealing with it
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).


I can confirm that the Health and Safety Executive holds the following


1.      Factual report by HSE

2.      Expert witness report by Steven Flanagan

3.      Appendicies 1 & 2 referred to in the expert witness report


Information numbered 1 - 2 can be disclosed and copies are enclosed.


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