ALTON TOW­ERS CRASH GIRL IS CAT­WALK QUEEN

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by FRANCESCA ROB­BINS

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

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