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04/06/2015 06:12 BST | Updated 04/06/2015 06:59 BST

Alton Towers Rollercoaster Crash: Victim Joe Pugh, Who Was On First Date With Girlfriend, 'Broke Both Legs'

One of the victims of the horror rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers which left four seriously injured has spoken out for the first time since the incident on Tuesday.

Teenager Joe Pugh, who was on a first date with 17-year-old Leah Washington, is reported to have broken both legs, while three victims have suffered "life changing injuries".

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Leah Washington and Joe Pugh

The 18-year-old from Barnsley spoke out in the early hours of this morning for the first time since the crash to thank the public for its support:

Some 16 people were injured in the crash, with four being airlifted to hospital. Some reports suggest one victim may have lost a leg in the collision.

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Emergency services working yesterday evening to free trapped passengers

The other 12 occupants - six men and six women - required medical treatment, including a man in his 20s who suffered neck and abdominal injuries.

Alice Holmes, a friend of Pugh, a Huddersfield University student, said she recognised Pugh's clothing.

"I’ve been told by friends that he has broken both his legs," the Mirror reported Holmes saying.

The BBC spoke to friends of Washington, who said she was the more injured of the two, with injuries to her legs, hips and hands.

"I’m not sure how she and Joe met but I know they used to walk their dogs together sometimes."

Alton Towers issued a tweet on Wednesday night saying the theme park would remained closed following the incident.

On Sunday, the park tweeted:

Nick Varney, chief executive of the park's owners Merlin Entertainments, said: "A full investigation is now under way and we will continue to work closely with the emergency services and the Health and Safety Executive to better understand the cause of this terrible accident."

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