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‘I’ll have a different life': Young woman who lost her leg on rollercoaster speaks out

“I’m nervous for the future.”

THE TEENAGER WHO lost her leg following a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers in June has spoken out.

LEAH Source: West Midlands Emergency Alerts

Leah Washington (18) told the Mail on Sunday her dream of becoming a teacher is now on hold.

“I’m nervous for the future. My life is on hold while my friends are moving forward, having their own cars and leaving home.

“I’ll have a different path and a different life. Plans that you’ve thought about in your head for the future … they’re going to be different now because of what’s happened.”

Washington recalled the fateful incident at the Alton Towers resort in Staffordshire:

“We didn’t know what was going on … We went round and round and round – and then we came around this corner.

I saw the other cart stuck on the track ahead. I didn’t think ‘Oh my God, this is going to end badly’, I just thought it wouldn’t be nice, like a bumper car ride. I never thought it was going to be as bad as it was.

Washington is undergoing physiotherapy and trying to remain positive while she waits for a prosthetic leg to be fitted.

“I just want to start my life again,” she added.

Read: Teenage Alton Towers crash victim has leg amputated

Read: Alton Towers apologises for ‘devastating’ crash that left four people with ‘significant’ injuries

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