An Oklahoma woman has sued Six Flags Over Texas over injuries she received during a ride accident that injured eight others in 2006. In the lawsuit, Trista Price accuses Six Flags of being negligent in operating and maintaining the Texas Tornado ride, which spins riders in a wide circle on swinglike chairs. The suit also says the maker of the ride, Chance Rides Manufacturing, which is also a defendant in the suit, sold the Arlington theme park a “defective and unreasonably dangerous” ride.
In March 2006, several park patrons were injured on the Texas Tornado when one of the mechanical bearings that spins the ride malfunctioned. The operator engaged the emergency safety mechanism, which brought the ride to a stop and lowered riders to the ground quickly, causing some riders to bump into others. Nine people were injured, mostly with bruises and back and neck strains, according to Texas Department of Insurance reports. Injuries at a theme park must be reported to the Texas Department of Insurance as part of the park’s quarterly reports submitted every three months. In the past three years, Six Flags Over Texas has reported about 50 injuries per year to the department. The latest suit alleges that “operator error” contributed to the accident. It also says the Texas Tornado “contained unreasonably dangerous design defects and was not reasonably safe as intended to be used.”
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