ALTON TOWERS CRASH GIRL IS CATWALK QUEEN
A TEENAGER who lost a leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has taken to the catwalk at London Fashion Week.
Vicky Balch, now 22, had her limb amputated after the horrific Smiler ride smash in 2015.
The Preston-born beauty, who now has a prosthetic limb, appeared on the runway for womenswear brand Teatum Jones with other amputees.
London Fashion Week has previously come under fire for a lack of diversity and for using skinny models in shows.
But this year several designers used models with disabilities, including The Swedish School of Textiles who had wheelchair users on the runway.
Thrilled Vicky tweeted: “Can’t believe I got to walk for TEATUMJONES at LondonFashionWeek.” She is signed to the Zebedee Agency, a specialist in representing “diverse models”, including those with disabilities.
The former dancer was among dozens who were hurt when their carriage on the thrill ride smashed into the one in front.
Vicky and 19-year-old Leah Washington were crushed so severely that they both lost legs.
Vicky had another brush with death recently while filming BBC documentary Without Limits in Vietnam, when the brakes failed on her car.
She told the film crew: “If the barriers hadn’t stopped us, we would have gone over the edge. It was like ‘What if ?’ It was overwhelming. I think that just brought everything back up to the surface.”
THRILLED: Vicky Balch