Parties Reach Settlement in Federal Case Against GA Amusement Park
GREENE COUNTY, TN. – November 6, 2018 - According to an online news story from timesfreepress.com, the parties to a Tennessee federal case regarding a Ferris wheel accident have reached a settlement. A Georgia amusement park was a defendant in the case.*
On August 8, 2016, a Ferris wheel gondola malfunctioned at the Greene County Fair in Greene County, Tennessee. The aluminum skid plate of the gondola caught a cross brace on the Ferris wheel while the ride was in motion, causing the gondola to upend and collide with another gondola. Three young girls inside the malfunctioning gondola were ejected and fell to the ground below. They suffered serious bodily injuries, including broken bones and internal injuries. One of the girls suffered a traumatic brain injury.
The girls’ two families filed lawsuits in Tennessee federal court following the accident. In addition, the occupants of the second gondola (a woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter) also filed a lawsuit, making three lawsuits in total involving the same incident. The lawsuits, naming Family Attractions Amusement of Georgia, among others, were consolidated into one in the U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee.
On August 30, the parties to the lawsuit participated in a conference call status hearing with U.S. Magistrate Judge Cliff Corker, during which they agreed sufficient information had been discovered to engage in mediation. Judge Corker therefore ordered the case to mediation, which was to be completed by late October. Court documents now indicate the lawsuit has been settled for an undisclosed amount, and mediation will not be necessary. None of the parties has issued a statement related to the settlement at this time.
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