Physician Sues Six-Flags Great Adventure for Injuries on “World’s Fastest Roller Coaster”
CAMDEN, N.J. — A physician claims he suffered serious, permanent injuries to his spine while riding the extreme roller coaster dubbed “Kingda Ka” in a lawsuit filed in a New Jersey Superior Court that was removed to federal court in Camden upon the motion by Six-Flags according to courierpostonline.com. Six-Flags boasts that Kingda Ka is the fastest roller coaster in the world. App.com said the roller coaster travels from a dead stop to 128 miles per hour in less than four seconds, and the ride lasts just under one minute. However, the six-foot, two-inch-tall physician claimed that he suffered injuries because of Six-Flags' failure to warn riders about the possibility that the roller coaster'[s seats and safety systems might inflict injuries upon taller riders. *
The doctor’s lawsuit contends that he took his son on the ride in April of 2017. The doctor alleges that the ride’s attendant failed to secure him properly into the seat and correctly adjust the safety restraints. The doctor also claims that the seat itself is faulty. He claims that the seat’s harness will continue to become tighter and tighter as the ride progresses and the doctor felt excruciating pain in his upper back when the ride ended.
Despite driving home that night and going to work as scheduled the following day, the doctor claims he suffered serious injuries that required surgery and will require at least one more operation to repair. The doctor argues that the seat could not safely accommodate his above-average height, and therefore, he suffered whiplash and ruptured discs in his back that will require future medical treatment. Six-Flags did not respond to a reporter’s questions about the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed by the doctor is not the only legal trouble Six-Flags faces because of the Kingda Ka roller coaster. In 2017, the amusement park was fined by a state regulatory board after a woman’s shoulder restraint broke free on the ride. The woman claimed the hung on and screamed in terror until the ride came to an end.
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Source:https://www.app.com/story/news/2018/12/21/great-adventure-fined-over-marlboro-moms-kingda-ka-nightmare/2387660002/ and https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2019/05/29/six-flags-great-adventure-kingda-ka-roller-coast-lawsuit-christopher-fabricant/1270336001/